Regarding the water tank project on Gregory Hill: City engineers believe this is the only place two massive water storage tanks can be built and above ground is the only possible configuration that …
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Regarding the water tank project on Gregory Hill: City engineers believe this is the only place two massive water storage tanks can be built and above ground is the only possible configuration that will work. I think they think if they say it often enough we will believe it, but it's not true.
These proposed tanks are much wider and higher. Views are being lost, but a greater concern is for safety. The fear is for life and property being lost in a catastrophic event, like the one about 12 years ago when 1 million gallons of water ran through people's homes and yards.
We are being forced to endure a constant threat from these huge water tanks. Regrading the top of the hill to slope away from homes and the construction of a low retaining wall to support the new grade has been explained, and it does not give security to those below the tanks. The residents in the north drainage area of the site are concerned that they will be the victims of another catastrophe.
Another fear is the loss of value in our homes. Finding willing buyers is going to be difficult unless the price is very low.
Is this project fair to the residents? They are losing their sense of security in their own homes and they are losing the dollar value they could expect to get on sale of their property. This is for a population which isn't in place yet and for water pressure in areas of the city that aren't developed.
Kudos to the City Council for future planning for residents but I want consideration for the residents who have lived here, shopped here, paid their ever-increasing water bills here and thought they would retire here.
Laura Nokes Lang,
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