Editor: The two sides are starting to show in the deep-well irrigation debate. Concerned citizens are speaking out at public forums, and the potato industry is putting large colour ads in the newspaper promoting the importance of their crop.
Both sides have a big stake in this conversation. We should all be concerned with the water supply in P.E.I., how to protect it and use it wisely. One angle I haven’t heard yet is the use of recycled or grey water. Cavendish Farms and McCain’s potato processing plants both use vast amounts of water in their daily operations. What is done with it as waste? Is it recycled?
Some agricultural areas as California are using this waste water, reclaimed from municipal water plants. Perhaps the big players could recover some of their water for use in the field. Will this be an expensive venture? Sure. But not as expensive as trying to fix our water table when it’s destroyed.
Just some food for thought. After all, we don’t want to change our tourism slogan to “Come play on our gentle Island … and bring your own bottled water.”