Letter to the editor 4, Dec. 20, 2018

One of three basic needs

Dear Editor,

There has been much discussion recently in the local press concerning development and the demand on the aquifer. In The Journal of December 13, Corry Terfloth Walker wrote extensively about her concerns regarding local development and the long term effects on the supply of water from the aquifer in Saint-Lazare.

Last year I tabled a similar concern at a meeting of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Municipalité régionale de comté (MRC). My point was, “Why is it left to the administrations of individual municipalities to deal with the supply of one of the fundamental basic needs of human survival? Surely this should be under the administration of a higher level of government.” The response was that the supply of water, “…is not within the competence of the MRC and that it remains under the auspices of the Ministry of the Environment.”

There are several municipalities within our MRC that are facing escalating water supply problems as our area undergoes the effects of a burgeoning population.

When is our MRC going to take a leadership role and address the supply problems, through an umbrella solution, of one of the three basic needs of human survival – water?

Marcus Owen


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