Is any amount of Arsenic, Manganese, Chloramine and other chemicals safe in your water? An Interview with Dennis Lypka.

UBC Associate Professor Dr. Trevor Drummer, of the Cancer Prevention Centre at UBC, was in White Rock on July 26th, and used data and facts to show evidence that drinking White Rock water with high levels of arsenic poses a health risk. He added that in his opinion, he would not drink White Rock water with high arsenic levels, and believes that the current Health Canada Guideline needs to be reduced.

Mayor Wayne Baldwin has been quoted in the paper as saying “The arsenic does occasionally pop up, not from the whole system, but from one or two wells,” Baldwin said. “If it blends with the rest of the water, it’s OK, it’s not an issue.”

Mayor Baldwin says that IF this high arsenic water blends with the rest of the water, then it’s ok. What he failed to mention is that the city currently has no way to blend water in a controlled way to reduce arsenic levels. Listen to facts, not political spin.

Rather than listen to facts, Politicians provide Alternative-Facts that make themselves look good by minimizing the perception of health risks, while doing nothing to eliminate the risks themselves. Who do you believe?

How much Arsenic, Manganese, Chloramine and other chemicals is too much to be safe in your water? Dennis Lypka, one of the founding members of the White Rock Safe Water Alliance, discusses our water and health risks in the following interview.

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



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