My temptation was to respond in detail to the erroneous information from the “Lakewise” group as detailed in your recent article entitled “Pigeon Lake group say’s wastewater approach flawed,” but given the realities of the situation I will make only four quick points:
1. The type of system recommended by engineers is the only realistic system for our lakeside community with low lying cottages and a very active water table.
2. Staying with the status quo is not an option because tanks and fields are prone to misuse and add to lake pollution.
3. Most resident costs will be subsidized by the municipalities and only those with faulty systems will have large expenditures Tanks that must be replaced in any event for the health of our lake.
4. Decisions have been made, most contracts are in place and millions have already been spent. The concerns raised by community members have been considered and the matter is no longer open to debate or petition. To quote a senior Municipal Affairs official: “This matter is a core municipal responsibility and within its jurisdictional powers.”
To the small number of detractors that continue to agitate and divide, I appeal for you to support your municipal councilors and organizations who have worked so hard to bring our communities into the 21st century.
Ian Rawlinson, Pigeon Lake
Chair, Pigeon Lake Renewal League