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Puslinch councillors: those benefiting should help pay for source water protection

by Mike Robinson

ABERFOYLE - As Cambridge continues to access more water from the aquifer beneath Puslinch, township councillors say the  city should help cover costs for source water protection.

The item came up briefly during an Oct. 3 update on the Cambridge East Water Supply Class Environmental Assessment.

Councillor John Sepulis asked for a motion requesting staff meet with Waterloo Region officials to negotiate cost recovery for inspections and other fees required for source water protection within Puslinch.

Sepulis said someone has to do the work and there will be costs.

“The way I look at it is that we (Puslinch residents) are not causing the issue. The issue is being caused by increased water taking by the city of Cambridge,” said Sepulis.

Councillor Ken Roth agreed, stating, “This well protection covers a large area within Puslinch. I think we have to be compensated.”

Councillor Matthew Bulmer said “the benefiting party (Cambridge) should be paying to protect the water they are receiving.”

Council directed staff to meet with Waterloo officials.

November 9, 2018


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