To the Editor,
Re: Beaver Creek Improvement District referendum, Oct. 29.
I would like to thank the BCID shareholders’ diligence in bringing such an important issue as drinking water into the spotlight. However, there appears to be some lingering confusion.
It is not the BCID driving changes to our drinking water. Upgrades are overdue but it’s the provincial government and their agencies mandating changes. No matter which governance option the referendum selects, we will pay more for our drinking water.
Both Koers and Corix Utilities based their estimates on the May 2011 Koers & Associates report. But, where Koers estimates $1.82 million for looping dead ends and replacement of existing mains, Corix estimates $1.53 million.
Corix builds in many components in their rates — $76 per month rising to $113 per month over 21 years.
Corix prioritizes in-ground infrastructure using physical inspection, repairs and maintenance monies for annual replacements on a most-needed basis. The BCID decides where and when the money is spent.
Over 21 years, Corix estimates pipe replacement costs to be $259,000 per year. The ACRD estimates $328,000 per year. Again this is based on theory, not physical inspection and neither option gives shareholders a total system replacement.
A partnership between shareholders of the improvement district and Corix will deliver possession of our own new 4-3-2-1 compliant treatment facility and property while retaining ownership of our water license and all our assets. We can replace and upgrade our pipes as necessary.
The Alberni Valley Regional Water Authority does not exist. I trust people will think their options through carefully before casting their ballots on Saturday.