Safe water still needed for vulnerable citizens

We have all paid the price since June… driving to water dispensers and buying bottled water, which comes out of our personal budget.

A notice has been placed on mail boxes in the vicinity and on doors into public businesses that states the boiling notice will be removed on Thursday Oct. 25, and the potable water supply located at the Sicamous Recreation Centre will be removed on Friday Nov. 2.

The notice also states that certain groups, including people with weakened immune systems, elderly over 65 years of age, residents with chronic illness (diabetes) and people wishing additional protection should take additional precautions such as boiling water, using filtered or distilled water.

I am very sure that this plan is not acceptable and we should be receiving potable water service until our water system is up to Interior Health standards.

Not everyone identified in the selected group above has a computer to access the district website or is able to  read the notices posted around town. All permanent residents have gone through a summer of immense inconvenience with hauling and boiling water, and having to buy bottled water.

We all understand that the flooding was caused by human error or an act of God, but the crisis is not over. The district must continue to take responsibility by providing potable drinking water until our system is up and running 100 per cent in our region.

We have all paid the price since June to keep healthy by driving to water dispensers and buying bottled water, which comes out of our personal budget. We cannot continue to allow the district to place our residents in a possible situation of becoming ill, especially since our possibly vulnerable seniors make up a high percentage of taxpayers in Sicamous.

The district needs to reverse this mandate and keep all of us supplied with safe, potable water, without the fear of becoming ill due to possible turbid contamination.

Gary FT Ferns

 

 

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