Answers don't hold water

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

I was wondering how long it would be until yet another advisory was issued about our water supply up here in Hamilton's North End. In the summer we had the water cops scurrying by night to nab those who dared to water their parched and dying lawns. But the latest is more ominous, a "boil water advisory" preceded by the firm notation, "do not copy or distribute." There was no hard information given with regard to the nature of the bacteria detected, nor the level found.

A call to the phone number listed accomplished nothing. The lady on the other end could only mouth scripted responses. I asked what bacteria was found. Her response was something to the effect that they found a little bit more bacteria than usual and took precautions and issued an advisory. I asked who had the test results; she went into the routine again about regular testing and some irregularities.

I simply wanted to know, who are "they," what contamination/bacteria was found, and where is the test result? It got me nowhere other than a transfer to "welcome to the City of Hamilton...blah, blah blah.

We pay huge amounts of property tax with ongoing water problems, no transit service, little police presence, a part-time fire department, etc. I'd love to know the percent of residential properties in Carlisle (indeed all of Flamborough) versus Old Hamilton and the corresponding percent of tax collected here versus there.

I have no doubt we are being hosed, presuming of course there would be water available.

Blair Gough

Carlisle, Ontario

Answers don't hold water

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

I was wondering how long it would be until yet another advisory was issued about our water supply up here in Hamilton's North End. In the summer we had the water cops scurrying by night to nab those who dared to water their parched and dying lawns. But the latest is more ominous, a "boil water advisory" preceded by the firm notation, "do not copy or distribute." There was no hard information given with regard to the nature of the bacteria detected, nor the level found.

A call to the phone number listed accomplished nothing. The lady on the other end could only mouth scripted responses. I asked what bacteria was found. Her response was something to the effect that they found a little bit more bacteria than usual and took precautions and issued an advisory. I asked who had the test results; she went into the routine again about regular testing and some irregularities.

I simply wanted to know, who are "they," what contamination/bacteria was found, and where is the test result? It got me nowhere other than a transfer to "welcome to the City of Hamilton...blah, blah blah.

We pay huge amounts of property tax with ongoing water problems, no transit service, little police presence, a part-time fire department, etc. I'd love to know the percent of residential properties in Carlisle (indeed all of Flamborough) versus Old Hamilton and the corresponding percent of tax collected here versus there.

I have no doubt we are being hosed, presuming of course there would be water available.

Blair Gough

Carlisle, Ontario

Answers don't hold water

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

I was wondering how long it would be until yet another advisory was issued about our water supply up here in Hamilton's North End. In the summer we had the water cops scurrying by night to nab those who dared to water their parched and dying lawns. But the latest is more ominous, a "boil water advisory" preceded by the firm notation, "do not copy or distribute." There was no hard information given with regard to the nature of the bacteria detected, nor the level found.

A call to the phone number listed accomplished nothing. The lady on the other end could only mouth scripted responses. I asked what bacteria was found. Her response was something to the effect that they found a little bit more bacteria than usual and took precautions and issued an advisory. I asked who had the test results; she went into the routine again about regular testing and some irregularities.

I simply wanted to know, who are "they," what contamination/bacteria was found, and where is the test result? It got me nowhere other than a transfer to "welcome to the City of Hamilton...blah, blah blah.

We pay huge amounts of property tax with ongoing water problems, no transit service, little police presence, a part-time fire department, etc. I'd love to know the percent of residential properties in Carlisle (indeed all of Flamborough) versus Old Hamilton and the corresponding percent of tax collected here versus there.

I have no doubt we are being hosed, presuming of course there would be water available.

Blair Gough

Carlisle, Ontario