Why are we fighting a problem that doesn’t exist?

The Comox Valley Regional District has failed to demonstrate that a new Comox Valley Water Treatment is needed.

We need to work as a community to oppose the CVRD project to filter 147 million liters of water per day from the Comox Lake unnecessarily.

The CVRD requires the consent of Comox Valley residents to borrow funds needed to build our new water treatment system.

Those who do not support the borrowing must complete an electoral response form on or before March 16, 2018, 4,785 electors.

the form is available at:

http://www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/assets/Department/Documents/Water/WTP_Elector_Response_form.pdf

The need for this system has not clearly established because the turbidity of the water is not the reason we are going to get sick from drinking that water. There are not laboratory test results from VIHA’s website that show any evidence of E. coli or fecal coliform contamination in recent years in the water coming out of the water chlorination station, I have reviewed the water test results in the last 8 years and have not found the evidence to justify the $110 million-dollar expenditure in the water treatment plant the CVRD is proposing.

The design capacity of the system is 147,000,000 Liters of water per day when the actual demand @ 481 Liters per person per day in the service area is only 23,569,000 Liters per day (6 times bigger).

The actual capacity of the system is measured at 8,000,000 M3 per year, for 49,000 residents served by the water system; this makes it approx. 22,000 M3/day current demand.

The deep intake is not necessary, turbidity is higher at the deep-water intake than it is at the penstock; it makes no difference once to the turbidity under the current conditions. Intake point is not important, why not maintain the current intake at the penstock if there are no advantages?

We also do not need the extra capacity for drinking water, especially if the water conservation measures proposed in the Comox Valley Sustainability Strategy adopted in 2010 as a Bylaw are implemented, 50% of water consumption reduction by 2030. Also, the implementation of water metering of all households has been proved to be an effective way to reduce water consumption.

The biggest issue with the extra water proposed is that the current capacity of the sewer treatment plant in Comox is only 19.8 ML/day, where are they going to put all the extra water that they will feed to the houses? 75,000 M3 / day going into the houses and only 19,800 M3 capacity to catch and process it. Also, to be considered is that CVRD lacks an appropriate place to deposit the effluent from the wastewater treatment plant.

• This project lacks an ethical decision process, it fails to select the best ethical alternative and it is immoral.
• It is not sustainable
• fails to meet our own needs
• compromises the ability of future generations to meet their own needs
• It is socially irresponsible
• Doesn’t fulfill the obligation to benefit society at large
• Does do not have the necessary science to support its necessity
• The complexity of the technology is not required
• Based on inaccurate mathematic calculations to justify the proposed demand.

This is my humble contribution to fighting the irresponsible manner our public officials waste the resources placed in their hands, knowing too well that nobody is going to make them accountable for their bad decisions and like in this case, a dubious reason to spend $110 million dollars.

Sincerely,

Eduardo Uranga