EDITORIAL: Everyone deserves a safe water source

We say: You can’t guarantee water to 99% of CRD residents and leave the rural areas behind

Mike Hicks, the CRD director for the Juan de Fuca electoral area, was grinning from ear to ear last week when he announced he had convinced others at the CRD board table that restricting water supply to rural areas was wrong, and, yes, discriminatory.

“To me, it’s one of the most important issues in the [Juan de Fuca area],” he told a reporter.

That is an understatement. This is an issue that should be important to everyone, no matter if you live in the city or in the country.

The CRD fears that by piping in city water to rural areas that it will encourage urban sprawl.

That’s very doubtful and hard to imagine.

It certainly doesn’t mean that if you hook a community up to city water that everyone is going to become a developer overnight.

To begin with, development is heavily mandated by official community plans. We’ve already seen many developments rejected because of OCPs. Just because there is access to a reliable water supply doesn’t mean development will occur.

There is also the fact on why many people move to the Sooke region – or other rural areas: we want to leave the city behind.

And then there is the issue of public safety. A recent fire in north Sooke saw firefighters using a pumper truck to collect water across the highway. The reason? No water was available, nor fire hydrants

But even when we take all these factors into consideration, one fact remains and it’s an important one: we are all entitled to a clean, reliable water source – not matter where we live in the CRD.

The CRD is a burgeoning bureaucracy that often can’t look past the borders of Victoria and Saanich. You can’t guarantee water for 99 per cent of CRD residents and then say those in rural areas can’t have water.

 

Just Posted

Haber nets strong comeback in Pacific FC home game win

Vancouver Island team takes 2-0 win over Valour FC

Improvements to Sinclair Road coming

Development comes after Cadboro Bay Residents Association (CBRA) raised concerns

Saanich councillor open to more commercial operations in local parks

Coun. Ned Taylor had raised the issue during his election campaign

Langford’s Sarah Beckett Memorial playground opens

Life of West Shore RCMP Constable honoured with new playground

Search for missing Saanich Peninsula pair ends in tragedy

Vehicle found with two deceased occupants inside

VIDEO: Here’s the news you missed this weekend

Some of the top weekend headlines from your community and beyond

Sooke’s Old-Fashioned Country Picnic set for Saturday

The free event combines music, kids activities, food and fun

VIDEO: Ride to Conquer Cancer rolls into Hope

Thousands of cyclist descend on small town for annual cancer fundraiser

Island murder victim’s mom expresses outrage over mental fitness decision of the accused

Smith vows to keep fighting until justice served for Descoteau

B.C. VIEWS: Pipelines set to roll as federal politicians posture

Projects to drive B.C., Canadian economy in years ahead

B.C. Lions fall to 1-9 after 13-10 loss to Ticats

Lowly Leos have dropped six straight CFL contests

VIDEO: B.C. woman meets biological mother, 38 years later

Mother never gave up hope of finding daughter, despite all the obstacles

B.C. man who died after rescuing swimmer was known for helping others

Shaun Nugent described as a dad, a coach, a hero and ‘stand-up guy’ at celebration of life

B.C. RCMP plane chases fleeing helicopter as part of major cross-border drug bust

The helicopter eventually landed at a rural property near Chilliwack

Most Read