Contributed photo One of several images of White Rock tap water submitted to Peace Arch News in recent months. City officials say the water is safe.

LETTERS: Civic decisions leave foul taste

Editor: I took one sip. It was the foulest thing I have ever tasted…

Editor:

A few weeks ago, I got up on Sunday morning and did the usual by making coffee. I took one sip. It was the foulest thing I have ever tasted – a chemical brew that smelled and tasted like burnt plastic.

Right after that, I received our bi-monthly water bill and marveled that we are now paying nearly $200 for something that we can no longer drink.

Yep, we now trundle off to the store to buy water that Nestlé pumps out of the ground for virtually nothing and that goes in plastic bottles that are made from hydrocarbons that we then throw into the recycling bin so that more energy can be consumed to turn them into something else.

I think this must be that circle of life thing that people talk about. Hakuna matata, baby!

Meanwhile, our water bill is up nearly 200 per cent in the past four or five years, and all it’s good for is flushing the toilet and doing the laundry. Am I ever glad our taxes haven’t gone up!

Our elected civic leaders seem hellbent on the parking garage that no one will use. They are also seemingly oblivious to the astonishing number of letters to the editor by people that have made well-considered and thoughtful arguments against building it. I’m sure this will fall on deaf ears as well, but what the heck. Take the $8, or $9, or $12, or $14 million that is going to be spent on a useless pile of cement and put it towards the refurbishment of the water-supply system.

While I’m on the topic of wasted cement, I’ve seen our city manager, Dan Bottrill, quoted as saying that the business plan for the parking garage works. Has anyone actually seen the business plan? Hmm, maybe I should check the Misinformation Page on our city website.

If White Rock is to become an anachronism, which seems to be the direction our civic leaders are determined that we go, then what is the point of White Rock? Much better to join Surrey where it seems the taxpaying citizens actually have a voice.

Bruce McIntosh, White Rock

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