Pointe-Claire fighting to keep control of water treatment
Published Wednesday, October 2, 2013 10:54PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, October 3, 2013 7:19AM EDT
The city of Pointe-Claire wants to keep its water – a resource that it prides itself in managing and distributing independently from the city Montreal.
“Pointe-Claire is doing what major metropolitan cities in North-America are doing,” said the city’s mayor, Bill McMurchie.
Pointe-Claire and Dorval both obtained special exemptions allowing them to independently control their water during the demerger back in 2006.
This exemption, however, is set to expire on December 31, 2013
With control of the West Island's water up in the air, so is the resources’ fluoride content – which the city of Pointe-Claire adds to its water, unlike the city of Montreal.
The province of Quebec has advised Pointe-Claire to brace for the transition, though the city says it is still looking into the issue.
McMurchie explained that Pointe-Claire uses water meters, which allow residents to be charged proportionally to their consumption – despite the fact that for some residents, it means water isn’t cheap.
He says the city of Montreal should be following his city’s example, rather than undercharging for water.
“The cost is still there, but how is it paid for?’” said McMurchie. “It's charged to the real estate tax -- the value of your home, the value of your industry, not having anything to do with how much water you consume.”