Parksville’s secret water shortage

What an interesting exchange about water and emergencies reported in your lead story ‘Preparing for disaster’ (The NEWS, June 9).

What an interesting exchange reported in your lead story ‘Preparing for disaster’ (The NEWS, June 9).

During a discussion at the council meeting regarding preparedness for the city’s water supply following an earthquake or similar disaster, the city’s operations manager Mike Squire waved his red binder and assured council and everybody else that they have a full back-up plan and everything is covered but he just couldn’t let anybody in on the big secret because it had a few names and phone numbers in it.

This has been typical of the non-response on anything to do with the water issue and so called water shortage, which we don’t have, that has been raised by myself and numerous other writers to the paper over the last few years.

Over that period, not one single politician or municipal “expert” has bothered to refute the many ideas or suggestions put forward on the problem of water storage.

If the master plan, or only plan, is in a red binder that can’t be shared I think we are in real trouble. This issue will not go away and it is time heads were taken out of the sand. Collaboration from everyone is needed.

The lead must be taken by the politicians. By the tone of your report, council seemed in the dark and weren’t even aware of what should have been a very important report that they all knew about.

Mike BattamsParksville

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