Water metering must be implemented fairly

I can accept that we should pay for the amount of water we consume on our property, but it should be done fairly for everyone.

Dear Editor:

I can understand and accept that we should pay for the amount of water we consume on our property, but it should be done fairly for everyone.

I received a letter from the Summerland Works and Utilities dated Oct. 29, stating that I will be charged $35.82 year round for water service and this will commence Dec. 31.

The second meter service will commence Jan. 1, 2015 if you choose to keep it.

The meter issue has not even been settled yet and we are being charged for something that does not exist in a functioning mode.

Some property owners have received a second water meter for irrigation use at no cost while others have been required to pay $1,500 wich is totally unfair.

I hope the new council will address this issue immediately and really explain what happened to cause this upset in the first place.

In my view, the planning and cost of the $20 million water treatment plant is not suitable for this community.

For example, why are so many people buying drinking water? What does separating the system mean and if it is so important, why was it not addressed in the previous planning when the house meters were installed?

Anyone who wants to sign a petition with regard to the second meter contract, please contact me at mldunn@shaw.ca or phone 250-494-1428 or write to 10211 Giant’s Head Road, Summerland, V0H 1Z7.

Let’s stand together and let our voice be heard for fairness for all our citizens.

Mary Lou Dunn

Summerland