Plant can take the dreaded Lake Massawippi water
Ayer’s Cliff, Waterville was able to convince the government of Quebec that somehow it is safe to drink water from Lake Massawippi after it is processed. First, it had to go thru the usual procedure of finding a well site. This newspaper still wonders about the chemical difference between well and lake water; are there physicists in Quebec who have discovered a new form of Hydrogen or Oxygen? Anyhow, Waterville, the ‘well’, sorry, the ‘lake’ name town was able to convince Quebec to fix what was available rather than starting with something new. What was available was a pipe going into Lake Massawippi that had furnished water for ages before. The same water that North Hatley is using in its soon to be inaugurated filtration plant. Tough luck for Ayer’s Cliff it seems.
So it was the usual let’s congratulate ourselves for our years of trying to find a solution to a nonexisting problem to start with, finding wells when there is a lake nearby, last week as ribbons were cut and water tested in the new Waterville filtration plant.
The close to ten million dollars used state of the art filtration technology that is brand new and already rusting in place as we could witness standing next to some bolts that showed signs of rust. As in the case of all municipalities, it is not the Waterville municipal tax pocket that will bear the whole of the cost; the town is on the hook for less than three million, an average tax hike of $330 a year per household.
Seen cutting the ribbon at Waterville’s new water filtration plant were (l. to r.) municipal councillor responsible for the potable water file, Gordon Barnett, Waterville mayor Nathalie Dupuis, and Liberal MNA Guy Hardy.