Don’t hide behind sewage law

Re: “CRD mulls future of sewage plant,” April 9.

I am thoroughly tired of hearing local politicians and other proponents of the current sewage-treatment plan saying we have to proceed because “it is the law.” What a lame excuse to proceed with a poor plan.

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The law might well have been established by well-meaning politicians at the time, but requirements such as completion dates were surely arbitrary. Laws must regularly be updated to reflect current needs.

The first speed limit in B.C. was below 10 m.p.h., and it was illegal for women to vote. Those laws were updated, and the sewage-treatment laws can be, too.

A new law could bring us up to date with new technology, tertiary treatment and workable timelines. Please, local politicians, instead of relying on the current law as a crutch to support a poor plan, spend your efforts to amend the law and pursue a modern, effective sewage-treatment plan.

Alan Little

Victoria

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