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VICTORIA – If there’s one thing the people of our provincial capital region can count on, it’s safe drinking water. Why? Because it’s public and it’s staying public, says CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill.

“I’m in awe of our water workers here and across this province,” O’Neill said. “And I’m puzzled when I hear of municipal governments wanting to privatize our water when it is so obvious that public is safer and better for our communities.”

O’Neill is in the capital today to tour the public water utility with local politicians and utility managers.

“I wanted to see how the safe water laboratory operates and meet the public employees and managers who make it all work so well,” he added.

Assignment editors: O’Neill is available for media interviews by phone or in person from noon to 1 p.m. today. He will be at the CRD water department.


Ron Verzuh, communications representative,
604-828-7668 (cell).