Pointe-Claire & Dorval fight to manage their water
The mayors of Pointe-Claire and Dorval are fighting to keep control of the management of their water-treatment plants.
If the provincial government does not renew an exemption for Dorval and Pointe-Claire, the City of Montreal could be taking over the management of their water treatment plants.
“This is purely an effort to isolate the Pointe-Claire system and bring it into the fold of outdated water management, which is typical of the Montreal system,” Bill McMurchie, Mayor of Pointe-Claire, told CJAD.
The City of Montreal charges users a flat rate for water, while Dorval and Pointe-Claire use a metering system.
“Their cost of water is not the real cost of water,” McMurchie added. “They say the cost of water is 12 cents per cubic meter, which of course is a fraction of the cost, the balance is picked up in the real estate taxes.”
Pointe-Claire charges 30 cents per cubic meter.
They also add fluoride to the water, but Montreal water plants don't, in fact they want to ban fluoride in water altogether.
Pointe-Claire provides water to, Baie D'Urfé, Beaconsfield, Kirkland, Ste-Anne de-Bellevue, Senneville and about 10 percent of Dollard-des-Ormeaux.
The provincial government’s decision to renew the exemption must be made before it expires on December 31, 2013.
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