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Aug. 15, 2020 | Saturday
Editorials and Opinions
Letter: Water main replacement cost $263 a foot

Dear Editor,

I am writing in regard to a Dec. 5 article in your newspaper, “No danger of lead in NOTL drinking water.”

I found the entire article interesting.

However, did anyone else question or think about the fact that it cost the town $1.65 million to replace 1,900 metres of our main water distribution system?

I am assuming this also included signs that needed to be posted, road crews to direct traffic as well as the rest of the costs.

So, 1,900 metres equals 6,233.6 feet. There are 5,280 feet in a mile. So the town replaced in total 1.1806 miles of pipe.

That amounts to costing about $263 to replace every single foot of pipe in 2018.

The width of the Lake Report newspaper page is about one foot.

Does that seem extreme or am I missing something?

Susan Pohorly