Water is fixable

Over the last couple of weeks we have had all the usual doom and gloomers and naysayers crying about the water shortage.

Over the last couple of weeks we have had all the usual doom and gloomers and naysayers crying about the water shortage and insisting on all kinds of restrictions on future development.

Wake up and smell the roses people. We don’t have a water shortage on this Island, just a lack of guts and intestinal fortitude to get on and do something about the water storage — all our winter rain just runs down into the ocean and is wasted.

Many ideas have been put forward from taking water out of Cameron Lake or even the lakes up in Strathcona and using the rail corridor for pipelines. All the population centres are set around the rail lines so it wouldn’t be that difficult or expensive. If there is money available, why isn’t it at least been looked at?

Why do the politicians seem fixated on taking water out of a nearly-dry Englishman River and then pumping it in and out of underground aquifers, treating it twice, in their $24 million super plant when they don’t even have a clue that it will work and the aquifers might just bleed off.

As for the subject of development, it is not going to stop and why should it? Remember folks, 75 per cent of us came from somewhere else for the good life. Why should you now stop somebody else’s dream just because of a simple fixable problem called water storage.

Mike BattamsParksville

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