Better environmental vision is needed

Thanks for the recent editorials that highlight some of the concerns citizens raised during the sewage-plant debate, such as the natural beauty of our harbour and the need to conserve water.

As we experience near-drought conditions again this summer, I am still amazed that the Capital Regional District’s failed sewage plan had no water-recovery component. In fact, it would have used additional water to pipe the sludge 18 kilometres uphill to Hartland and back again. That, and the $65 million spent while ignoring public concerns regarding such issues, is the kind of wasteful thinking that killed the plan.

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The words of the editorial ring true and highlight the need for a better plan: “We shouldn’t be throwing water around like it’s money.” With Colwood and Esquimalt now leading the way in regional sewage-treatment options, perhaps our region has made a shift to more environmentally friendly technology and a better vision for the future.

Eric Pittman


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