Manganese removal plant not required for 108 water

A letter to the editor by Jim Gellein

To the editor:

The manganese quantity in 108 water is 0.00014 mg/l which is parts per million. It is so low that a university instructor for chemistry described the contents as undetectable.

Recently the CRD [Cariboo Regional District] conducted a $5.1 million referendum to remove high concentration of manganese, drill a well into an aquifer that is disappearing and introduce chlorine which increases the risk of colon cancer.

Misleading advertising was sent to all 108 taxpayers within the 30 day period before the vote which resulted in a yes vote. This placed a huge tax burden on 108 taxpayers for 15 years plus higher water costs.

The South Cariboo Aquatic Society ended partly because this tax burden would prevent 108 taxpayers from voting for a new pool.

This 108 tax burden will also prevent the 108 taxpayers from paying for a $14.6 million overpriced and underused gymnasium in 100 Mile House.

Jim Gellein

108 Mile Ranch

Editor’s note: we have not verified Mr. Gellein’s manganese level measurement.

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