Water systems ought to be linked
THE DAYS ARE LONG GONE when tap water was something we could all take for
granted, whether or not the water came from a municipal system or your own well.
Even long before the Walkerton tragedy, towns that used to pride themselves with the tastiness of their drinking water from a few local sources had begun encountering growthor weatherrelated shortages, and the taste of chlorine had displaced the light limestone flavour that accommodated the hard water from local aquifers.
We even reached the point where Dufferin’s famous watering hole on the Hockley Road had to be shut down because of seemingly untraceable e.coli contamination.
Now, the post-Walkerton water regulations are causing financial problems in places as large as Orangeville and tiny as Marsville. Something we’d once through of as “free” is today anything but that.
Unfortunately, the new, tough regulatory regime has not yet been accompanied by much forward thinking on the part of our local politicians.
For instance, Orangeville and Mono have not even done anything so obvious as to work toward linking their own communal water systems with the fire protection that accompanies them.
Surely it would make a lot of sense for the two parallel distribution systems on Purple Hill to be linked — something that would require just a few feet of pipeline. Any beyond that, the new Brett Farm subdivision in Mono should serve as a conduit linking the Cardinal Woods area with the Orangeville system.
Similarly, we see no good reason why Shelburne and Amaranth shouldn’t co-operate in extending Shelburne’s fire hydrants into the adjoining Amaranth subdivisions, or why Grand Valley’s water system shouldn’t be extended into Waldemar.
As we see it, the improved fire protection, reliability of flows and better monitoring would far more than justify the costs involved.