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Editor:

Response to the open letter by Gale Tyler and Michael Miller (“Water and wildfires,” April 5).

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Thank you for your letter of last week regarding water on the Sunshine Coast. I understand your concerns and the Board is taking the water issues very seriously.

Water information is on the SCRD website at scrd.ca/Water.

Here are a few of the projects currently underway:

• We are currently working to install a well/well field in Granthams Landing.

• We are awaiting reports on the feasibility of installing wells in the Gray Greek and Dusty Road areas.

• The Town of Gibsons is working with the SCRD to uncouple Zone 3 off the Chapman Water system and use water from their aquifer.

• The study for the raw water reservoir has returned with four potential options and they will be undergoing further feasibility studies to determine which sites are viable. That report is expected back later this year.

Unfortunately, many of these items should have been underway years and, in some cases, decades ago. We are working with staff now to move them forward as quickly as possible, but it will take time for them to come to fruition.

We are still some time from wildfire season, but it is certainly in our minds already.

Please feel free to connect with me at any time for further conversation and to voice your concerns.

Lori Pratt, Director Area B - Halfmoon Bay, and Chair, SC Regional District

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