Pigeon Lake is good news, not bad: councilor

The letter in the March 30, 2017 edition of Pipestone Flyer regarding the wastewater system at Ma-Me-O Beach

Letters to the editor

Dear editor,

The letter in the March 30, 2017 edition of Pipestone Flyer regarding the wastewater system at Ma-Me-O Beach in the does not represent the view of the majority on the residents of Ma-Me-O Beach. The letter is also inaccurate.

The council members of Ma-Me-O Beach have been democratically elected on a platform in support of this project. Considering the misery that poorly managed wastewater has caused all over the world, being against a modern wastewater collection system is a rather unusual position to take.

This project is a good news story. Five summer villages and the County of Wetaskiwin have been and continue to work together to finance, design and build the project. Over 1,650 existing residences will be served. Future growth around Pigeon Lake will occur despite the current economic conditions. The system has the capacity to serve future development plus First Nations residences for decades to come.

The Pigeon Lake Watershed Authority (PLWA), in cooperation with the councils, is developing a watershed management plan for Pigeon Lake which has improved lake water quality and will continue to do so in future. Collection and treatment of wastewater is an important component of this plan.

The above is a brief overview of this visionary project. I invite you to consider a more detailed factual investigation.

John Slater

Councilor Ma-Me-O Beach


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