Candidates were asked to keep their responses to each question to a limit of 150 words, but their responses have not been edited in any way. The responses to the questions will be published in the order they were received. The second question, and the responses to it, is as follows:
How would you propose to address ensuring a long-term, clean supply of water to Dawson Creek?
Raymond Fromme: It appears that we sometimes forget how important our water is. Using water from the Peace River or the Murray River seems like the best option. The Peace River has the better capacity, with two dams (Dam C coming) as a reservoir back-up. Of course this project is of a complex nature, Federal and Provincial Governments regulations have to be dealt with, but the City of Dawson Creek can not compromise their water supply. Industry has to accept that they need to share any costs of a water pipeline system (and everything else that is connected to the water supply) and also make attempts to look for their own water needs.
Trina Commandeur: Quit spending money on flowers that need to be water. That, right there, would save tax payers money and our water source. Continue with green initiatives that will conserve water, reuse grey water and containers to catch rainwater. When the city feels compelled to water things use the reclamation site and encourage residents to do the same. Maybe in good faith the city could offer a reduced or free rate for using reclaimed water. Yes give a little to the people to gain a lot more for the future. The consequences of overuse will be multilayered ranging from supply drop outs to significantly higher prices for potable water which we are seeing.
Trevor Allaby: I would work with industry to try and provide a means that would allow them to provide their own water. I would also begin work with provincial government to form another pipeline to the Peace or Pine River.
Doug Ragan: Studies have been completed which, if implemented should solve our water problems. If elected, I will declare my choice of the three options studied and at that time I will divulge my preference and my reasons for it.
Shaely Wilbur (Shaely): Utilizing information gathered to date; working with Provincial Gov’t and industry to secure a reliable water source.
David MacDonald: As community, we have already paid to have studies done. We need to act on this now and decide on an option that is best suited for our community. This has to be a top priority for the new council as a clean safe supply of water is essential to any long-term sustainability or viability of the community. There is no reason we cannot work with Business in the area who are using this water to help fund and secure another source as it would be in their best interest as well to have a long term water solution.
Cheryl Shuman: Over the past several years much has been done to ensure the long-term supply of potable water for Dawson Creek. This includes infrastructure upgrades, the water conservation bylaw, the water rate re-structure that will inspire conservation, creates fairness across all users and builds a surplus to be used for water infrastructure upgrades into the future and the water reclamation facility that will reduce demand on the potable water use by industry. There is much debate about which future infrastructure should be considered, but the next council must focus on building up a surplus in the utility that can be leveraged to move forward with the decided upon project or projects. Council will decide whether it will be increased storage capacity that will capture and store water when available and/or a new water source.
Sue Kenny: This present Council has had a long term water study conducted. The outcome is that pipelines from the Pine or Murray River are too costly. The alternatives were water reclamation which the present Council has authorized and it is under construction. The other is adjusting water rates to promote water conservation; the next step is to construct another water reservoir to store water for the future.
Terry McFadyen: Right now it looks like more storage is the cheapest way to ensure a long term supply of water.
Mile 0 City would like to thank all of the candidates who participated for their time and consideration in answering these questions. Check back with Mile 0 City tomorrow for the responses to the next two questions.