CHEAP SEATS: County needs to pursue long term water plans
After two weeks of bad news about water, Prince Edward County residents were due to have the tide change a little bit.
On Monday, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Jeff Leal announced almost $750,000 in provincial funding for the Picton Water Treatment plant.
The funds will go toward continued upgrades at the 60-year-old Picton facility, including new filters and improvements to the chlorine system, which will improve water quality while protecting the environment.
Perhaps more important, though, was the statement by Mayor Robert Quaiff that the county might look at extending water intake in Wellington and getting rid of it in Picton.
That would go a long way toward ensuring incidents like the one two weeks ago, in which a barge sank in Picton Bay and leaked contaminants dangerously near the water intake, don’t happen again.
It’s the kind of longer term thinking that is so important when dealing with issues as vital as drinking water and as expensive as water treatment.
It will be an incredible challenge, one the County won’t be able to do without help. But it’s the kind of project that can turn a community in a new and improved direction, if everyone involved has the vision and determination to make it succeed.
Robert Quaiff has thrown down the gauntlet; now it’s up to those around him to help him pick it up and run with it.
I’m Bill Glisky and that’s the way I see things From the Cheap Seats
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