Arsenic and its Impact on your Health – A Free Information Session, July 27th 7pm

To All White Rock Water Users:

Please feel free to spread this far and wide among White Rock water users.

Drinking Water, Arsenic, and Cancer

Well aware that Arsenic in drinking water can be a serious health issue because Arsenic is a known carcinogen, back on February 17, 2014, the Fraser Health Authority directed the EPCOR White Rock (EWR) Water Utility to prepare an Arsenic and Manganese Management plan that considered monitoring, options for managing arsenic and manganese levels, public education and outreach, and a contingency plan to address non-compliance with the maximum allowable concentration. Fraser Health also recommended that EPCOR conduct a risk assessment that considered the health, public and financial aspects of options for addressing arsenic and manganese.

EPCOR responded to Fraser Health on April 30, 2014 and EPCOR’s s response, entitled Arsenic and Manganese Risk Management Plan EPCOR White Rock Water System,is also attached.

In its response, EPCOR  provided its proposed plan to manage the arsenic and manganese levels in the White Rock system at that time (2014) and in the future including:

  • –  continued monitoring of arsenic and manganese levels in the system;
  • a treatment plan;
  • –  public education and communication plan; and
  • –  a contingency plan

However, unfortunately neither EPCOR nor the City of White Rock (who took over sole control, responsibility  and operation of the water utility in October of 2015) has done anything with respect to the requirement for an Arsenic and Manganese “public education and communication plan“.

Nor, unfortunately, has Fraser Health required either EPCOR or the City of White Rock as the water utility operator to comply to its past directions on “public education and outreach” about Arsenic and Managanese.

As a result, arrangements have been made by other concerned White Rock water users to bring in a guest speaker, Dr. Trevor Dummer, to speak about “Drinking Water, Arsenic and Your Health”. Dr. Dummer is an Associate Professor in the Cancer Prevention Centre at UBC and is an Investigator for the Canadian Cancer Society.      

Attendance is FREE and as will be noted on the attached poster, the meeting will take place as follows:

 7 PM Wednesday, July 26, 2017

 at the White Rock First United Church, 15385 Semiahmoo Avenue, White Rock.

Everyone is welcome, please try to attend and please feel free to spread this notice far and wide.

Due Diligence

As White Rock government  splashes  taxpayer money around in efforts to convince the great unwashed  that water quality is priority one, they  divert attention away from one simple fact. There is a good chance that local government  has not done proper due diligence during the purchasing process. Once that possibility is duly appreciated, the relationship between mysterious  water  conditions  and current management may be of more interest to the water-consuming  public.

Due diligence requires  execution to a “standard of care”. A standard is an arguable, philosophic concept except where it is spelled out in legal terms.

Regardless, some facts are pertinent.

Epcor discontinued the stated White Rock Utility goal of having no pipes over 25 years of age.

Once the disinfection mandate was in place, huge sections of the distribution  system  were  likely close to  worthless.  Only due diligence by experienced organic chemists could have canvassed  that possibility.

Were they consulted?  You may well ask.

Local government is buying  a utility whose price should  factor in a highly depreciated  distribution system.

The system  may likely need major upgrades no matter what the source water. Meanwhile does government  believe that tweaking and flushing  will be the only work needed on the existing pipe system, given the stated desire to  stick to heavy metal groundwater?

If the price is still being negotiated or in any part still to be arbitrated, will Epcor claim it is White Rock’s level of competence in their chemistry experiments that is causing  problems,  not the piping system ?

Figures floated to the public constitute no proof that treating heavy metal well water is going to cost less than paying to join the Metro Vancouver water system.

There is no proof on offer that piping will not be an ongoing  problem even with arsenic and manganese removed from the groundwater at source.

There is no proof  on offer that grant money would not be available to both join the  Metro water system  and upgrade the piping system. Or that the Metro entry fee could not be arbitrated just as it will likely be with Semiahmoo First Nation.

Were  any of these proofs sought after and manifest in evidentiary form,  were they now the subject of public  rather than secret debate, one might suppose  that local government  had performed  a certain level  of  due diligence.

David Riley – Founding Member,
The White Rock Safe Water Alliance

 

 

Is White Rock’s water damaging your home?

What is our water doing to our homes? This is a picture of the inside of the water pipes heading into a local Condo building from the Water Meter. 

The pipe in these pictures was nearly blocked by the vast amounts of brown sludge coming into it from White Rock’s water supply! As water rushing through this tiny gap, it picks up this sludge and it ends up in your water heater, and in your water glass.

If this damages hot water heaters, what is it doing to your health?

It is important that Strata owners and single family home owners have their pipes inspected, and take a sample of this sludge and have it analyzed by Exova in North Surrey. Document the levels of Arsenic, Manganese, Lead, and Bacteria (if any).

Know what you are drinking! 
Have your Water Meter pipes inspected, and take a sample of any deposits you find. Have your water and this sludge checked by an Independent Lab such as Exova in North Surrey.

If you have health concerns about our water, the Fraser Health Board is meeting this June 16th. You can submit a question about your water to the Fraser Health board online here. The deadline for submitting questions is 4 PM, Tuesday June 13th. 

Dilbert

White Rock’s Brown Drinking Water could have been avoided if City Hall had listened to Fraser Health in 2013

Residents have been told that their brown water is caused by pipes within their own building, but does anyone think it is credible that hundreds of different buildings would simultaneously have the same brown water issue independently. Neither do we!

The city has received well over 500 complaints about brown water.  Seems far more likely that the City is at fault. What is in this water, and is it safe to drink? It is time to call Fraser Health and demand that we find out what is in our water and what they are going to do about cleaning it up. Fraser Health needs to make Mayor Baldwin and City Council clean up our drinking water now, by connecting us up to Vancouver Metro water as Fraser Health recommended in 2013. You can read about Fraser Health’s recommendation here.

Read what the Peace Arch News is saying about our dirty White Rock water here.

Brown Water once again in Coldicutt Area

Our Tax Dollars at Work?

Our water bills keep going up, our services that we get for our tax dollars, along with the quality of our water, keep going down. This is what tap water looked like this morning, June 5th 2017, in the Coldicutt area of White Rock. 

If you live along the Oxford Street corridor, you may be more likely to have brown water coming from your taps these days. The brown color comes from the high manganese levels on the West side of White Rock. The West side (water from the Oxford and High Street wells) usually has the higher manganese level, while the East side (water from the Merklin well site) usually has the highest concentration of arsenic.

More Arsenic or More Maganese

Is it time for another demonstration at City Hall?
The Mayor and Council do not seem to be listening. If interested in joining a rally for clean water. please contact the White Rock Safe Water Alliance through email at WhiteRockSafeWaterAlliance@gmail.com. We will add you to our mailing list and keep you informed about upcoming rallies on water.