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Ward 1 Councillors ask PUC to stop flushing

Monday, June 02, 2014   by: Staff has received the following letter from Ward 1 Councillors Paul Christian and Steve Butland. The open letter has also been sent to Dominic Parella, President and Chief Executive Officer of PUC Services Inc. and to other media in the Sault.

Open letter to PUC Services Inc.

Dear Mr. Parrella,

During the past week the P.U.C began its summer unidirectional flushing program in the east end of the city.
As a result, many people experienced another brown water event. It is clear from the volume and tone of the complaints registered with the PUC, Ward Councillors, and the Mayor's office that the citizens of the east end have reached the end of their patience.
It is quite understandable when families are without and acceptable quality of water for a period exceeding 24 hours.

For this reason, we as Ward Councillors, are urging the cessation of unidirectional flushing in the east end for a minimum of two months.
In our opinion, this action will demonstrate to the citizens of the east end of the city that the PUC is aware and genuinely concerned as to the present untenable situation.
We believe it will be viewed as a tangible gesture of good will.

We recognize the rationale for the flushing, however, given the present circumstance, it's best to discontinue its practice in the short term.
We trust you will give this request serious consideration and look forward to a timely response.

Paul Christian
Steve Butland

Ward 1 councillors

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