Port’s water issue resolved

  • Nov. 11, 2010 9:00 a.m.

Port Clements has successfully resolved its issue with people from outside the village taking large amounts of water from a public tap. The village council decided several weeks ago to put up a sign next to the tap, advising people who live on the islands but outside Port that they need to pay for the water. The water continues to be free for visitors. Since the sign went up, several people have come to the village office to pay, administrator Heather Nelson-Smith said at last week’s council meeting (Nov. 2). One user, who has since had a well drilled, made a $250 donation to the village to cover water taken between January and June of this year, she said. The village is charging 5 cents per litre for the water, she said. Council had previously decided that people who don’t live in Port should pay something if they are taking water regularly, given that the average household in Port pays about $500 a year in water taxes and fees.