Solutions – Clean Water Preparedness Plan (for Jan. 28 City Council presentation)

For Immediate Release

Prince Rupert Community Group Proposes Preparations for a Boil Water Notice

(PRINCE RUPERT, BC) Tom Kertes, volunteer organizer of Community for Clean Water, will give a presentation calling for a Clean Water Preparedness Plan at the Prince Rupert City Council meeting on January 28, 2019.

The City Council meeting, to be held 46 days after the boil water notice was announced on December 14, 2018, is the first time for residents to speak publicly before the City Council on this matter.

“This plan calls on the city government to be prepared before, during, and after any boil water notice,” said Kertes. “It’s time for City Hall to prioritize taking care of those who are most vulnerable whenever access to drinking water is restricted and to make its plans and priorities known to the public.”

Community for Clean Water calls on the City of Prince Rupert to recognize drinking water as a human right and to ensure that everyone has access to clean water, even during a boil water notice.

A copy of the plan is available for public review at http://CommunityForCleanWater.ca.

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PDF of release

PDF of the Clean Water Preparedness Plan (or click images below)

Media – Pot calling the kettle black

From an editorial in The Northern View:

At the next council meeting, on Jan. 28, Community for Clean Water has requested to address council — in person — to share the vision for providing safe drinking water for all residents while the boil water notice is in effect. Residents who were disappointed with the last council meeting can drop into next Monday’s meeting, which is the first committee of the whole for 2019, when the city hears recommendations from the public. A little old fashioned, but it’s a way to guarantee your opinion is heard and not scrolled over.

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