Dennis Church, Bonita Springs
Re: June 14 letter, "Isn't that convenient?")
Recent allegations about the relationship between Bonita Springs Utilities and Resource Conservation Systems (RCS) are largely uninformed rhetoric.
I am writing in hopes that those detractors will feel differently if provided more accurate information.
BSU did not have a central sewer system until the early 1980s when Bonita Bay Group created the backbone infrastructure for a central sewer plant. The early infrastructure provided an environmentally sensitive approach that allowed effluent to be reused for irrigation.
When BSU took ownership of the sewer plant, it expanded the system throughout Bonita Springs, leading to the removal of thousands of polluting septic systems. With the added sewage capacity and resultant effluent, there was an increased need for effluent disposal.
RCS invested tens of millions of private dollars into distribution infrastructure within various Bonita Springs neighborhoods. Yes, there was a profit motive involved. Private sector entities entered into a relationship that benefits both parties — financially and operationally. That is the American way.
Recent allegations against the utility ignore the great infrastructure improvements and service that BSU has provided to its member customers. They also ignore the fact that any other entity, public or private, would have to invest millions to make further reuse distribution possible in the larger community.
Finally, the "elite country club communities" that are alleged to be favored with access to reclaimed water are an integral part of our community fabric.
Their approximately 12,000 residents are our neighbors and provide immeasurable contributions to our community.