Re: “Switch From Tap To Bottled Water Relieves Woman’s Pain” (Brandon Sun, March 18).
Some of the symptoms of arsenic poisoning are abdominal pain, dehydration and nausea.
It is shameful how our waters are being mistreated, and poisoning our waters is reprehensible. Water deserves respect and gratitude, not abuse and intolerance.
I believe that the health and protection of people, environment and water sources is a commitment that thousands of people share in Manitoba.
However, the province presents a much different picture and model when it comes to dealing with poisons and this makes me wonder.
Is it the nature of government — or just plain hypocrisy?
When the mayor of Killarney-Turtle Mountain threatened to administer Killarney Lake waters with bluestone (copper sulphate) to treat an overwhelming, ongoing algae problem, provincial and federal officials were at his door in a matter of days, menacing him with fines and jail time.
Yet, our Manitoba government permits Virden to dispose of arsenic removed from the town’s water treatment plant into a nearby creek!
There are safe alternatives available for hazardous waste disposal.
Where are the enforcement officials now, I ask?
They are probably wondering, as I am, why the province considers this to be an acceptable method and safe risk to environmental and public health, when both substances are equally toxic and deadly poisons?
That is what we all should be wondering and concerned about. Our government and appointed protectors are not being mindful about arsenic, nor caring about our water.
The present out of sight, out of mind mythology and using dilution as the solution must be purged from the mindset of bureaucrats and government officials.
It's time to stop ignoring the consequences of arsenic as being trivial. It’s also time to stop putting this poison back into our water.