Water billing scheme penalizes large families

One would think Mayor George Peary would be more concerned about the water usage a family of six requires to run a household, rather than be so petty as to worry about his neighbour washing his car and boat.

One would think Mayor George Peary would be more concerned about the water usage a family of six requires to run a household, rather than be so petty as to worry about his neighbour washing his car and boat.

What a preposterous comment for the mayor of this city to make. Many households in Abbotsford have three generations sharing the same roof. Does Mr. Peary think it better for these families to live in separate homes in order to avoid increased fees for the water they legitimately need?

Is it fair to allocate the same amount of water to a household with two members as one with six or more?

Today’s eco-friendly society promotes methods of reducing our carbon footprint. In such a society, penalizing large or extended families that choose to share a home seems contrary and offensive.

In an aging society seeing more people retire, it’s essential to promote family growth, and to be penalized for doing so is short-sighted.

Perhaps it is time to replace the mayor and any councillors who are not concerned about the welfare of constituents living in large, blended, and multi-generational families.  Perhaps it’s time for our public servants to truly serve the public interest.

Niels Larsen