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LETTER: Tay must pay heed to 'miracle of nature' water supply

New housing development, aggregate mining's effects on Waverley Uplands, concern reader
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MidlandToday welcomes letters to the editor at andrew@midlandtoday.ca. Please include your daytime phone number and address (for verification of authorship, not publication). This letter is in response to a recent letter entitled:Tiny needs to be more vigilant when it comes 'miracle of nature' water.

Dear Editor,

Tay also needs to be more vigilant when it comes to the "Miracle of Nature" water.

I only just learned about a new housing development: 'WAVERLEY HEIGHTS' (32 estate homes) going up in Tay Township. I am in Tay and did not know this.

I wonder how many other residents of Tay and Waverley are also not aware of this development. Will this development place our Miracle of Nature water at further risk?

I have so many questions for my Tay Township Council:

1) Is it true that the building has already started at Darby Rd., across from the Esso Station?

2) Was there any public notice given about this?

3) How could Tay approve a housing development on or near this Miracle of Nature Water?  It is no secret that the Waverley Uplands is home to the purest water in the world. Tay is well aware of the battle we are in to try and save this exceptional water from aggregate mining.

4) Is it true that this development is going up in between three aggregate mining pits? Is it also true that the Sarjeant Aggregate Company is heading up this development?

5) What does the Community Wellhead Protection Act say about "distance" of industry or expansion near a community wellhead?

6) Is Tay aware that some folks in Waverley have been bringing jars of their turbid well water to Tiny Township meetings? People in Waverley say they never saw this turbidity before the aggregate mining started.  Who is going to guarantee that these new estate homes' wells will not (one day) see turbidity?  

And speaking generally, who would buy a home in this area, if it is nestled between three aggregate mining pits?

 This "Miracle of Nature" water is so pure, you can drink it straight from the ground. Scientists are doing research right now to figure out how this purity comes about.

All of the Simcoe County Townships and this Province need to be more vigilant when it comes to "Miracle of Nature" water.

Donna Denault

Victoria Harbour