Letter: Water ‘fiefdoms’ need to be brought together

This is the only way we can act like a big city, by delivering our own utilities.

To the editor:

I am very glad to hear there is a new emphasis on drinking water quality in the central Okanagan. Recently (Kelowna Mayor Colin) Basran sent this paper a letter which hinted at the need for more integration of the five major water purveyors. Then the three federal candidates for Kelowna Lake Country all indicated support for water infrastructure improvements.

As most people know, Kelowna is rather unique in having never really developing as a city. It still exists with little fiefdoms with irrigation district executives resisting any change that may affect their employment while delivering mud in a pipe type water.  It seems odd that the entire Greater Vancouver Regional District has one integrated water supply system as does every major city in North America.

What really needs to happen is for the City of Kelowna to take over all water systems within its boundaries and deliver drinkable water to the taxpayers within the city. This is the only way we can act like a big city, by delivering our own utilities.

Bruce Stevenson, Kelowna