LETTER: Epcor continues to soak water ratepayers

With regards to the announcement of Epcor’s application for yet another rate increase (The NEWS, Jan. 9, page A5), I found it interesting that, while the notice mentions that all affected who wish to “participate” should register in writing to the Comptrollers of Water Rights by Feb. 5, it curiously failed to provide an address to do so.

Here is the comptroller’s name and address to which such action should be directed:

Ted White, Director and Comptroller Rights

P.O. Box 9340, Stn Prov Gov’t

Victoria, BC V8W 9M1

email: Ted.White@gov.bc.ca

I encourage everyone affected to get up and make yourself heard. The alternative of being herded like a bunch of lambs to barren pasture has not worked before; perhaps an en masse refusal of everyone to pay their exorbitant water bills for the immediate future might get the attention this issue deserves?

I assume, and hope, that with the change in our provincial governing body, this is not the same person who was the comptroller in charge when Epcor was suspiciously granted a 30 per cent rate hike in 2016?

Perhaps Mr. White will take a look at the history of Epcor’s management of our water resource to date, especially the ludicrous increases granted in the past? While he’s, hopefully, examining Epcor’s proposal, as opposed to rubber-stamping it with one hand and reaching under the table for a kickback as I suspect happened in 2016., perhaps look at water quality testing? The foul-tasting and residue-laden water provided by Epcor cannot possibly meet acceptable levels of filtration

Customers polled after the 2016 rate hike voted 93 per cent in favour of wresting control of the water system from Epcor and formally applied to the RDN to do so, but we have heard of no progress toward that initiative mandate. I imagine it’s gathering dust in some vacated Liberal’s file box like so many Christy promises.

Speaking of which, isn’t it about bloody time that MLA Michelle Stilwell stood up for her constituents’ rights? Wherefore art thou Michelle?

Please make yourselves heard loud and clear by contacting the comptroller without delay.

R. S. Bothwell

Qualicum Beach

Just Posted

Gr. 7s learn about digital safety, health, consent at con in Parksville

SD69 hosts first Health and Wellness Conference for students headed to high school

Qualicum Beach east village plans take shape

Staff moving forward with east village concept

Three-for-one at Parksville studio for tour

Local artists participating in Central Island Studio Tour May 26-27

Pole dancers bring disco theme for second Errington hall event

Island Talent Pole Fitness show to include national champs on June 2

UPDATE: Three-vehicle crash stalls traffic at orange bridge in Parksville

Truck veers into oncoming traffic after left-side axel ‘tore off’

Vancouver Island girl scores with winning song for BC Summer Games

‘Colours’ is a perfect theme for 2018 BC Summer Games

B.C. pipeline goes ahead despite scrapped Pacific Northwest LNG

NEB approves amendment for $1.4-billion natural gas North Montney Mainline Project

Update: Wildfire northwest of Kamloops jumps from 60 to 800 hectares

Ground crews and aircraft are responding to an estimated 50 hectare wildfire approximately 55 kilometers northwest of Kamloops, near the Deadman Vidette Road.

Feds limit chinook fishery to help killer whale recovery

Chinook is main food source for only 76 southern residents killer whales left

B.C. mom who died just before daughter’s wedding wanted family to be happy: twin

Ann Wittenberg was pulled into the ocean while on a surf board in Tofino last weekend

Courtenay-Alberni MP calls for lifeguards at popular surf spot near Tofino

The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is defending its decision to cancel the surf guard program.

Harvey Weinstein to surrender in sex misconduct probe: officials

Would be first criminal charge against Weinstein since scores of women came forward

Fuel truck crash closes B.C. highway, sends two to hospital

The Trans-Canada Highway on Vancouver Island is expected to be closed until Thursday evening

Media are not an arm of the police, Vice lawyer tells Supreme Court hearing

Ben Makuch challenges Ontario Court of Appeal ruling that he must give materials for stories to RCMP

Most Read