Wa­ter lend­ing pro­gram aims to keep wa­ter in wells

Tri-County Vanguard - - FRONT PAGE - BY AMY WOOLVETT

When wells went dry in the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Bar­ring­ton in the sum­mer of 2016, there were 350 homes with­out wa­ter.

While the drought is­sues were al­le­vi­ated once the wa­ter ta­ble was re­newed, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity be­came aware that there were many res­i­dents who deal with dry wells ev­ery sum­mer.

The MoB will be sit­ting down for their sec­ond read­ing at the end of August for the wa­ter sup­ply up­grade lend­ing pro­gram.

This by­law makes pro­vi­sion for an owner of a qual­i­fy­ing prop­erty lo­cated within the MoB for fi­nanc­ing of a wa­ter sup­ply up­grade for their prop­erty.

Chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer Rob Frost ex­plained the pro­gram that coun­cil is con­sid­er­ing adopt­ing.

Wa­ter sup­ply up­grade can in­clude the con­struc­tion of a dug or drilled well or an up­grade to an ex­ist­ing well.

It can also in­clude up­grades of cis­terns, wa­ter from fog sys­tems, grey­wa­ter col­lec­tion or other con­tain­ers that are in­stalled for the pur­pose of the sup­ply, use and con­ser­va­tion of wa­ter.

“Of­ten up­grad­ing a well can cost a lot,” Frost said. “A lot of home­own­ers can’t throw out $10,000 up­front.”

The by­law would op­er­ate as a 10-year loan with a three per cent in­ter­est rate with a monthly pay­back and would be con­nected with the prop­erty, mean­ing any­one who pur­chases the home also takes over the loan if it hasn’t been paid back.

“There have al­ready been a few peo­ple who have come and said they were ex­cited to get in­volved as soon as they can,” said Frost.

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