Re: “We can’t take our water supply for granted,” comment, Oct. 4.
Victoria’s water-supply infrastructure is projected to meet the needs of our area for at least the next 50 years, according to the Capital Regional District’s website.
However, the writers imply that we need to conserve water now, to help delay or eliminate expensive investments required to meet the needs of the region’s growing population over the next 20 years.
Rather than conserve water, Victoria can easily resolve this matter by either stopping permits to developers on projects that increase density in our garden city, as we don’t have the infrastructure to support increased density (according to the writers), or charging developers a fee, to cover costs of additional investments required related to the impact of increased density (water, sewer, police, medical facilities, etc.).
Victoria’s current residents should not be forced into further conservation or increased rates relating to the growing demand for water, caused by Victoria allowing increased density. Neither should our residents subsidize the profits of developers whose vision is to turn Victoria into another Vancouver.
Our city and region have many initiatives relating to food and agriculture, including programs to help residents grow their own food in the city. These initiatives require affordable water, not increased conservation and higher, seasonal water rates.
Let’s use our water wisely, for the benefit and quality of life of our residents. Stop unnecessary conservation, as increased water usage will cause rates to decline. Lower water rates benefit all.
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