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Councillor Wants Meaford to Sell Its Surplus Water

Meaford | by Ken Hashizume  

Steve Bartley plans to introduce a motion at the next Council meeting.

One Meaford Councillor is suggesting the Municipality get into the water business.

Steve Bartley delivered a notice of motion at Monday's Council meeting.

Bartley is proposing to have staff look into the idea of selling the surplus of water that the Municipality is producing to other municipalities.

He says the cost of producing water post-Walkerton is too high for the limited number of people who are on the municipal water system.

Bartley says residents only use about 7 percent of the water from the Municipality.

He says if they can sell the water, it could help bring the water rates down for residents.

Meaford currently sells water in bulk that are taken to places where there are bad wells or for farms that are not connected.

Bartley says the price is high compared to neighbouring municipalities.

He says if we can offer a competitive rate, we can drive up the volume and it will mean revenue that can be used to reduce the cost of producing water.

The motion will be discussed and voted on at the February 25th meeting.

 

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