Letters to the Editor

Lantzville should source its own water

To the Editor,

Re: B.C. company reviving Foothills project, Jan. 28.

There is a suggestion that the owners of this project might seek an arrangement with the City of Nanaimo to supply water. I hope that our city fathers will nip that idea in the bud.

There have already been suggestions that we may face a water shortage this year because of the low precipitation that has been experienced so far this winter. We are becoming increasingly aware of changing weather patterns, and, under these circumstances, we must protect the long-range interests of the citizens of Nanaimo, and not do anything that would jeopardize having sufficient water. It would be very short-sighted for the City of Nanaimo to sell water so that the Foothills owners can make their millions while the citizens of Nanaimo run the risk of going without adequate water.

Wayne Brown
Nanaimo

 

To the Editor,

Re: B.C. company reviving Foothills project, Jan. 28.

According to the newspaper, the long-stalled new development in Lantzville can now go ahead, because Nanaimo will provide the water for that.

So it’s OK for Nanaimo taxpayers to pay for new water infrastructure here to support a massive development outside of city borders.

With summers getting hotter and drier, we may well see more water restrictions here in order to serve all that area. Who gains by all this? Not we, the Nanaimo taxpayers.

Furthermore, when the incinerator is built at Duke Point, the more affluent will move to Lantzville to properties with a beautiful view, while Nanaimo provides the services, pays for most of the infrastructure and becomes the garbage capital of B.C. Goodbye to tourism, Nanaimo.

Inge von Stackelberg
via e-mail

 

To the Editor,

Re: B.C. company reviving Foothills project, Jan. 28.

First, I see many articles which mention how short on water Nanaimo is for future years. With the potential for future weather pattern changes possibly resulting in less snowpack and/or precipitation, one has to wonder why Nanaimo would even remotely consider committing our water to a community outside of Nanaimo.

Further, I now read that there is a major housing project being revived for Lantzville and that one of the major stumbling blocks is water, and that they are looking forward to the agreement with Nanaimo.    Considering how much undeveloped land still exists within the Nanaimo city limits, generating minimal taxes, why would we want to see development bypass Nanaimo when it would bring in a large amount of much-needed tax money to the city?

I trust our mayor and council will put the interests of Nanaimo first and foremost in this matter and drop all consideration of the plan to offer our water to Lantzville.

Ron Poulter
Nanaimo

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