Chloramine in our Drinking Water?

White Rock’s Mayor and Council have heard that people are upset because of all the brown water coming out of our taps since last December.

So rather than fixing the root causes, City Hall wants to add Chloramine into your drinking water to eliminate the brown color. Chloramine is deadly to marine life and is known to leach lead out of pipes in older homes. Your drinking water will be clear, but possibly with increased lead levels. Nice plan Council!

This is a poorly thought out and potentially harmful plan!
The City Council tried to approve adding Chloramine last year, but later promised that they wouldn’t, thanks to the White Rock Safe Water Alliance and other concerned citizens who raised the red flags in the media!

Come to Monday’s Council meeting at 7 pm at the City Hall 15322 Buena Vista Ave, and let the Council know you think this plan stinks!

In January of 2016 because of huge protests and concerns of the citizens, the Mayor and Council voted unanimously to not use chloramine in the water system. Now with no notice and no consulting of the public they are already doing it and plan to increase the amounts. Read tomorrow’s Council agenda: it says that they are doing this for aesthetics purposes! What about the impact to your health? Many believe that Council is only doing this only because the muddy water might harm their election chances in 2018. Long term health impacts won’t show up until after the election, much like the details regarding the EPCOR purchase deal itself! That’s not right!

The muddy brown water problem seems to be related to the city adding Chlorine without proper preparation. But then, they have only been told by Fraser Health to do this since 2011. Unless we are talking about building another Tower, this council does not move very fast!

Adding Chlorine causes the manganese to precipitate out of solution, thus the brown color. This is an excellent way to eliminate much of the manganese, and it used by many cities. After treating with Chlorine (which is safe for humans and marine life), most cities who use it, filter out the manganese precipitate at the source before pumping it to homes. In White Rock, they have not bothered with the filtration step. Now to avoid complaints, they are planning to switch to Chloramine, which is not proven safe, can cause lead to leach out of older pipes into drinking water, and is known to kill marine life. Not a great plan!

If Council really cared about your health, White Rock would have been connected to clean and safe Vancouver City water years ago. Instead we continue to spend millions on wells laced with arsenic and manganese. I think that stinks. What do you think?

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