Stand up for a healthy, vibrant Durham
To the editor:
As many of you are aware, carcinogenic contamination was found in soil and drinking wells in the area around Main Street Durham in the early 1980s.
With the help of the EPA and CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, much of the soil contamination has now been remediated. But the water is another matter.
To this day, approximately 70 wells are regularly monitored for contamination. Of the wells monitored, 40 use carbon filters to make the water drinkable, and 10 others are so polluted that even after the water is charcoal-filtered, residents are advised to only drink bottled water.
The EPA has determined that it could take hundreds of years for the pollution to dissipate and has found that in the last 13 years alone the number of effected wells has increased by 30 percent as the pollution has spread.
The EPA has recommended, and will pay for, a public water extension from Middletown into Durham. They believe that a public water supply is the only viable way to provide safe drinking water to all residents.
You may think this is a problem that only effects Main Street residents, but you would be wrong. The proposed water service area designed to protect residents from the spread of future contamination includes: Coginchaug Regional High School, Strong Middle school, Notre Dame Church, United Churches of Durham, Church of the Epiphany, The Durham Public Library, The Durham Town Offices, and the Durham fairgrounds.
Middletown’s Planning and Zoning commission is holding a public hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m., at Middletown’s City Hall to decide the fate of the proposed Middletown to Durham water line extension.
It is important for the Middletown P&Z commission to see how important this is to all the residents of Durham/Middlefield and how having a healthy and vibrant Durham is good for Middletown.