Agreement is good news for Beaver Creek water advocate

Susan Roth’s smile was tangible through the phone lines when she learned Beaver Creek and the City of Port Alberni signed a bulk water agreement.

“It’s really good,” said Roth, who fought since 1999 for clean drinking water in Beaver Creek. Lobbied so hard, in fact, that her research and joint complaint with fellow resident Diana Sparks to the B.C. ombudsman were integral to the formation of the province’s 4-3-2-1 drinking water strategy.

“Obviously we don’t have to face any more boil water advisories as long as the city’s water remains good. It’s pretty nice to not have to worry about your water so much.”

In 2008 the ombudsman’s decision came down; in 2010 Roth was still protesting that changes to the water system in Beaver Creek had not been made despite the decision.

In 2012, when the Beaver Creek Improvement District was finally converted to a local service area of the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District following a referendum the previous fall, Roth was finally able to let go.

“I don’t think about it anymore because I don’t worry when I turn my tap on anymore,” she said.

Ultimately, Roth would like to see a regional water plan implemented so everyone in the Alberni Valley has access to clean, safe drinking water.

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