Contributed photo                                Letter-writer Keith Law says he used to take pride in the quality of White Rock’s water. Now, it’s brown and reeks of chlorine.

Contributed photo Letter-writer Keith Law says he used to take pride in the quality of White Rock’s water. Now, it’s brown and reeks of chlorine.

LETTERS: Glut of water issues flood our city

Letter writers address a few of the City of White Rock’s water issues.

Editor:

As a longtime resident of White Rock – for almost 40 years now – it saddens me to see our water in such a state.

I used to take great pride in bragging that our water was the best, with visitors totally agreeing to that statement.

The above photograph shows what our water was like on the day of April 27, from our residence on Columbia Avenue.

A week ago, I filled my water bottle for a hike into the mountains. On that walk, when I first opened the lid, the smell of chlorine hit me in the fresh air. I immediately emptied the bottle and filled it from a stream running out of the mountain side. Better to chance a few bugs than the chemical mix in White Rock’s water.

So sad!

Keith Law, White Rock

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Re: White Rock ‘looking at review’ for OIPC order, April 28.

This is truly White Rock’s ‘watergate’…

To continue balking at revealing the price for White Rock’s white-elephant purchase only makes matters more serious in the eyes of the residents.

What terrible secret does city council harbour?

Many already assume this purchase was a fiasco, but to continue denying the public the right to know what was done suggests there are grave matters to be hidden plus lack of respect for the residents. This wilful conduct is not becoming to a mayor and council.

The questions would be:

Is proper public duty being discharged? Plus, as a result of this purchase has harm been inflicted on the people of White Rock?

The effects on the population of a disorganized, insufficient, substandard public utility tends to speak for itself.

Was this purchase authorized and valid? Were the bounds of powers the city is entitled to overstepped?

Perhaps some brave council members will do the right thing and step up to the plate. Perhaps the truth might set them free. That would be a good present to the City of White Rock as it celebrates its 60th birthday.

This is an issue we cannot drop. It won’t go away.

Lynda Hornby, White Rock