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Make it beneficial for everyone

Posted: August 21, 2010 1:55 p.m.
Updated: August 22, 2010 4:30 a.m.
 

I’ve been following Jim Holt’s articles in The Signal about our water and sewage-treatment issues, and I am glad that you are taking the time to bring all of this information to our valley.

I think there are a few really obvious questions that are still not being answered clearly.

n If most of the salt at 80 milligrams per liter is coming from the state, and the reason for anyone to still have a water softener
is the high mineral content, why not put the reverse-osmosis system at the front of the chain?

The vast majority of water that makes its way to our mighty riverbed is sprinkler runoff that should not have any added chlorides from residential sources. Nobody I know in their right mind would put softened water on their lawn. Is the sprinkler runoff water in the riverbed going to be dredged up and reprocessed to remove salts?

If we were provided reverse-osmosis-cleaned water to begin with, I think you’d find that most people would be happy to pay a fee in exchange for not having to pay Culligan, replace faucets and fixtures or repair damage from calcium and metal deposits. I have to replace faucets every one to two years due to the damage our local water does. I spend a small fortune on CLR.

n If we are going to be forced into accepting that this reverse-osmosis system will be put into the end of the chain, what assurances will we get that this water is not double-counted as acre-feet to support development, and what assurances will we have that this recycled water will never end up in our drinking-water supply?

No system exists to remove pharmaceuticals and hormones — both of which would be present in some of the urine that would make its way to the treatment plant.

I think that the vast majority of people in this valley are obviously against the sewer-rate hikes. None of us wants to pay $210 million for the benefit of developers (e.g. Lennar’s Newhall Ranch project) and private agricultural businesses.

We do have a responsibility to keep the river clean, but let’s do it in a way that is beneficial to our entire community and not just those special interests.

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