Since the Low Down broke the story that La Pêche Mayor Robert Bussière was planning to charge for the water from the natural spring in Wakefield to subsidize municipal projects and the cost of maintenance, the debate has blown a gasket. The story was picked up by CBC Radio, Radio-Canada, CTV News, and Canada AM, as well as the ‘Ottawa Citizen’. Conversations around the Hills have become fierce, particularly right around the spring, which now sports bilingual posters that read: “Ça suffit !!!!! L’eau de source n’est pas à vendre. Stop commodification of the sacred. The well is not for profit. La source n’appartient à vous monsieur le maire …”
Still, the debate will continue until a study looking into the water’s geological source, which has been ‘coming soon’ for an eternity, is completed. SOS Wakefield, the activist group that fought for the protection of the spring during construction of Hwy 5, is eagerly awaiting the results of the study to see if the construction has caused any irregularities in the water. It has been taking samples and sending them off to the University of Ottawa and the University of Calgary over the past couple years for testing, but has yet to receive any conclusive results.