Let me begin by stating that I am unequivocally opposed to increasing the draw on the Chapman Creek reservoir for the following reasons:
This is what I support for managing our water system:
First of all, let me be clear: Nothing I say in this section is a firm commitment because I need more data and I need to consult with our OCP committee. Additionally, even if I'm elected I would only be 1 out of 9 votes on the SCRD Board. But if you're going to vote for me, I think you should at least be aware of how I'm thinking.
I am not the first nor will I be the last to point out that we do NOT have a water problem, we have a water containment problem. One obvious answer seems to be that we need a variety of water containment systems in place.
In a recent Letter to the Editor, Carole Rubin suggested a subsidy for home owners who install containment systems on their property. That makes sense to me. I would also like to find out the potential cost and construction time required to supplement the Chapman Creek Reservoir with several underground holding tanks.
Further, expanding on that concept, I think we should consider amending our bylaws so that anyone building more than 2 units on a parcel in Roberts Creek should be required to provide a water containment system in addition to the septic system that is currently required.
I believe this approach could provide some relief for the current problems.
At the same time, we need to identify a location for a man-made reservoir. A series of underground containment tanks should be part of this concept. This may require a second treatment plant. But it makes more sense to me to spend money on that rather than trying to expand the existing plant to handle an ever-increasing demand. Let's not set up a situation where we will be reacting to yet another water crisis because we didn't have the foresight to plan for increased demand.