Plant can take the dreaded Lake Mas­saw­ippi wa­ter

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Staff Water­ville

Un­like

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.

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