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Salt is natural — let’s live with it

Posted: July 18, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 18, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

This letter is regarding my feelings on the necessity for a chloride compliance facility and the plans for building such a "thing."

We all know that the water that comes into our homes and businesses is full of hard chemicals and salt. On Nov. 8, 2008, the voters agreed to remove their softeners instead of having to pay $240 million for a treatment plant.

A column by George Runner that ran in The Signal in May 2009, "Bait and Switch," said if voters knew we would have to build this treatment plant anyway, they might not have passed Measure S.

Articles published since then point out that salt is naturally occurring in Santa Clarita Valley water. See the most recent Santa Clarita Valley Water Quality Report: "Salt is natural in wells, rivers, and aqueduct sources."

Many articles say the "downstream" growers of things such as strawberries and avocados are the ones complaining. If they have a problem, they can clean up their own water. Why should we?

My main question is, "Why don’t we clean the water that enters into our homes so we don’t need softeners?"

In other words, close the door before the horses get out. Tell the state to leave us alone. If you must spend money, spend it on upgrading existing equipment and let nature take its course.

You know water softening units will come back by the "underground plumbers association."

Then you will have to hire WASPS — water softener police. Need to spend more money.

I was shocked at the June 4, 2013, public meeting on the chloride-removal plan.

Are all the people trying to show off, one-up each other finding ways to stay on the public payroll?

There were slides and a verbal presentation. I got sick when I heard talk of assorted workings of the treatment plants.

He spoke of digging up city streets, digging mile-deep wells, piping and dumping into the ocean 40 miles away.

Added taxes to homes: $300-$500; businesses, $800-$10,000 per year.

I think it’s the city of Santa Clarita that’s really getting the "treatment."

Give us a break! Give it a rest. Salt is natural. Always going to be there.

Clean up our water or give us back our softeners. Find new employment.

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