May 25, 2015


Letters to the Editor

Perspective on water woes

Kaylee Mack and her three young daughters (from left to right) Maykenzie, Gracelyn, and Keanna.

JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Kaylee Mack and her three young daughters (from left to right) Maykenzie, Gracelyn, and Keanna. Photo Store

The scene looks familiar: A young mother and her daughters are setting out with plastic jugs to fetch their daily water supply (Freeze freezes pipe repairs, Feb. 25.

Usually the pictures we see are from a war-torn country, a drought-ravaged region or, to our shame, a northern community of our own province. But here we have a typical Winnipeg family in a typical Winnipeg neighbourhood, a household without water for eight days.

At some point, everyone has had a temporary problem with water supply, but eight days is not acceptable.

There's plenty of blame to pass around. The city blames the union, the union blames the city, and we can all blame the cold. And while eight days without even temporary service seems unbelievable, there are those in our province for whom this is the norm.

Early in the last century, the city built an aqueduct to Winnipeg from Indian Bay on Shoal Lake. Today, we expect the aqueduct to supply us faithfully with abundant clean water; our city can't survive without it.

If our engineers 100 years ago could find a way to pipe fresh, clear water from a remote reserve to serve the people of Winnipeg, why can't we provide the same quality of water to every reserve and community in the province?

 

GORDON CAMERON

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 28, 2014 A9

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective January 2015.

Winnipeg Free Press | @WinnipegNews

May 25 12:28 pm

Beatles tribute show coming to town April 27 wfp.to/Rlg

Winnipeg Free Press | @WinnipegNews

May 25 12:28 pm

Facebook to distribute targeted Amber Alerts wfp.to/Rl2

Bruce Owen | @fpbowen

May 25 12:22 pm

Manitoba Hydro's consolidated income stmt tabled today at Public Utilities Board. Note net income drop since '08. pic.twitter.com/tCWmWQZgKs

Winnipeg Free Press | @WinnipegNews

May 25 12:22 pm

Canadian women to look sharp at World Cup wfp.to/Rle

Winnipeg Free Press | @WinnipegNews

May 25 12:12 pm

Groups call on city, province to reject TransCanada 's Energy East project wfp.to/RlF

Scroll down to load more

Top