LETTER: Search party needed for water and sewer dollars

Over the past decade our water and sewage rates have almost doubled. Where has the money gone?

Where has the money gone?

Over the past decade our water and sewage rates have almost doubled. We have been told that these huge increases were needed to fund:

1) The pipeline carrying water from Nine Mile Creek to the Mountain Station reservoir;

2) A line to bring water during droughts from Kootenay Lake to the reservoir;

3) The continuing replacement of the miles of old leaking pipes under most of our streets.

Where has the money gone?

There has been no discernible increase in the replacement of the distribution lines — the same one or two blocks replaced per year as before the rate increases. Not an inch of pipe laid to bring water up from Kootenay Lake has been laid. Nothing more than a few little projects have been completed.

Where has the money gone?

Democracy requires the mayor and council to show us the numbers, by publishing the revenues collected and expenditures made for each of the past ten years.

David Clark, Nelson


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