Water diversion may be answer

Long ago, when the ice cover thawed off the North America continent rivers like the Red Deer River would be miles across and crystal clear. Since the ice age ended, the Red Deer River has become dependant on glaciers and these are receding rapidly.

Long ago, when the ice cover thawed off the North America continent rivers like the Red Deer River would be miles across and crystal clear. Since the ice age ended, the Red Deer River has become dependant on glaciers and these are receding rapidly.

Through bad watershed management and the devastation of the pine beetle, the water levels are high in June but very low in February. The city of Red Deer and surrounding area now have very high water usage and if growth in residential and industry keeps growing, then in less than 10 years Red Deer will be under water restrictions as the demand on the Red Deer River will be too high.

As the City of Red Deer takes more water from the Red Deer River for the growing demand of population and industry, then there will be decreasing amounts of water flowing by the city. The water the city uses has chemicals added to cleanse before human consumption. Water being used for residential and industry will have additional chemicals and drugs absorbed in the water and these are next to impossible to get out. Water coming through the water treatment plant will have more chemicals added to break down waste and after this process, the water looks clear but will have toxins, pathogens and chemicals in its makeup.

Water used downstream of Red Deer will be dealing with a form of chemical cocktail and as these centers (namely Stettler and Drumheller) will also add chemicals to clean the water, at what level is it becoming risky to use?

We are told the water coming from our taps is perfectly safe but if they have problems removing sediments, then what chance do they have in removing pathogens and chemicals?

Stettler and Drumheller are now using water that come through the City of Red Deer’s treatment plant and this amount will increase as Red Deer’s usage increases. As water usage increases, the river may shrink enough that if a prolonged cold period were to occur then the river could easily freeze solid before reaching Stettler or Drumheller. All pipelines running out of Stettler or Drumheller could face problems with water.

In the past, governments in Alberta have poor track records on water management and compared to other jurisdictions they are years behind. I also became associated with the Wildrose Party and they had no agenda on water management.

Bottled and distilled water gives a false security because when we bathe, shower or swim, the human skin will absorb any contaminants present in water and it will enter the blood stream and the body will store some contaminants.

A system I have tried to promote over the years would see water diverted from another river and the logical choice would be the Clearwater River. This river is cleaner then the Red Deer River and also drains from deeper watershed in the mountains and is not used for human consumption. The ease of diverting waters from the Clearwater River into the Red Deer River is because the Clearwater River is in close proximity to the Raven River, which drains into the Red Deer River. Cost would not be that great as the Clearwater River and the Raven River are about five km apart near Caroline Alberta. This diversion would mean more water for Red Deer area, plus more water downstream for Stettler and Drumheller.

For the health of people, this diversion must be done.

Dave France

Stettler

Just Posted

Red Deer church donates to Safe Harbour

It was all about helping those in need at Safe Harbour in… Continue reading

Former firefighter with PTSD sues Syncrude over suspended benefits, dismissal

CALGARY — A lawsuit filed by a former firefighter and paramedic against… Continue reading

Call for tighter bail rules after Saudi sex-crime suspect vanishes

HALIFAX — Mohammed Zuraibi Alzoabi may have hoped to quietly disappear from… Continue reading

Democrats aren’t buying Trump’s shutdown-ending ‘compromise’

WASHINGTON — In a bid to break the shutdown stalemate, President Donald… Continue reading

Updated: Red Deer welcomes 2019 Canada Winter Games Team Alberta

About 250 Alberta athletes are participating in the Games

Students seen mocking Native Americans could face expulsion

One 11-minute video of the confrontation shows the Haka dance and students loudly chanting

Curtain rising Sunday night on total lunar eclipse

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The celestial curtain will be rising soon on… Continue reading

At 30-day mark, shutdown logjam remains over border funding

WASHINGTON — Thirty days into the partial government shutdown, Democrats and Republicans… Continue reading

Holocaust victims buried after remains found in UK museum

LONDON — The remains of six unidentified Holocaust victims were buried in… Continue reading

Giuliani: ‘So what’ if Trump and Cohen discussed testimony

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani left open Sunday the… Continue reading

Photos: Rocks fly at 37th Annual Oilmen’s Bonspiel

Twenty-nine teams gathered at the Pidherney Curling Centre in Red Deer for… Continue reading

Death toll reaches 79 in Mexico fuel pipeline fire horror

TLAHUELILPAN, Mexico — People in the town where a gasoline explosion killed… Continue reading

Mexican pipeline explosion kills 71, leaves nightmare of ash

TLAHUELILPAN, Mexico — Gerardo Perez returned Saturday to the scorched field in… Continue reading

Tall timber towers taking root in Canada as builders look to go green

TORONTO — Six years ago architect Michael Green took the stage at… Continue reading

Most Read