Letters to the Editor

Hall Road area water will soon be priced like Champagne for residents

To the editor:

I receive my water from South East Kelowna Irrigation District (SEKID). I live in the Hall Road area where we get our water from a community well. Because of the extra cost to run the well, area residents pay an extra $150 on top of the $456 basic water charge (per annum).

I have installed a water softener for the whole house and a ceramic filter for our drinking water as the well water is not poisoned by the known carcinogen, chlorine.

Since the balance of SEKID water comes from higher lakes it is often cloudy and tastes bloody awful.

Now, the dictators at Interior Health are forcing SEKID to twin-pipe the entire area and get domestic water from more wells, along with chlorination of all domestic supply. The old system will be used for irrigation of farm land.

This amounts to an estimated $22.3 million in costs to a few thousand users. Obviously the bankrupt provincial government is not going to contribute.

Projected water rates for all SEKID customers will be $1,116 in 2015 and $1,428 in 2020. That is two months of my CPP going to water bills.

Since Hall Road users already have a very acceptable ground water system and have been paying extra for it for many years, I urge all Hall Road users to turn out and vote against this SEKID proposal. Let those in the areas that need the upgrade pay for it. Otherwise we should petition the City of Kelowna to allow us to join that system as city water is only 500 meters from our area.

Bruce Stevenson,

Kelowna

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