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Mission drops out of co-bid with Abbotsford to privatize water works

Abbotsford pursues P3 project alone despite together-or-not-at-all agreement.

Counsellor Stevens not willing to support involvement of profit-making business in operating system.Mission/Abbotsford, BC, July 6, 2011: Tom Sandhorn writes for The Tyee that Mission and Abbotsford, long-time water works partners, no longer see eye to eye regarding an application to P3 Canada for water and sewage services. After Mission residents and local organizations protested the proposal and managed to sway Mission City Council, Abbotsford's elected officials nonetheless decided to pursue the P3 funding.

"Mission and Abbotsford have a lot in common, but not when it comes to how they are going to meet their future water needs.

The two booming British Columbia suburbs, which face each other across the Fraser River, have for decades co-owned a water and sewage system, but now they are taking very different approaches to public works and citizen input.

In the wake of a storm of public protest, the district of Mission has chosen to drop out of a joint application to the federal government for partial funding for a water works project to be completed with private investments and municipal funds..."

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Posted: July 06, 2011

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