LETTER: Facility will jeopardize water supply

Putting a regional biosolids disposal place close to our water supply is a terrible idea

Dear Editor:

Whether we accept biosolids from the whole area is the most important issue facing Summerland.

If we jeopardize our drinking water because of some perceived financial payoff from the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen, we can never get safe drinking water back again.

Putting a regional biosolids disposal place close to our water supply is a terrible idea!

How did this plan get so far in the first place?

We, the public, didn’t hear about it until recently although apparently, the discussions have been going on for seven years.

I urge you to read the report from several scientists. If this biosolids disposal site is placed in Summerland, the citizens will be up in arms.

Not one councillor who approves of a regional composting site being located in our town will be re-elected.

Tom Siddon, from the RDOS, suggested putting the biosolids composting facility on the Brenda Mine site, where there is parking space, water monitoring, electricity and it is far from any homes.

This idea is worth exploring.

Also, do you know who wants to buy the ready compost? Vernon is having trouble selling their compost product. Have you checked into this?

Marilyn Hansen

Summerland