Woodland Park-Clifton, Pasak and Patterson mayors have publicly expressed their support for the controversial Garrett Mountain Reservoir project on Thursday to combat lead in drinking water.
Clifton Mayor Jim Anzaldi, Pasak's Hecht Laura and Patterson's Andre Sayage stand with members of the Pasak Valley Water Board at New Street Reservoir , Urged to start this long-term $ 135 million project to close three open-air reservoirs on Garret Hill and replace them with concrete water tanks.
呼和浩特蓄水池 “我们不追求美学。我们在这里确保我们的公民，居民都有安全的饮用水。”该项目由美国环境保护部（US Department of Environmental Protection）强制实施，旨在降低露天水库中存储的经过处理的饮用水受到再污染的风险。 "The opposition says these tanks are not beautiful. But without them, the water will continue to be unsafe." Hohhot Cistern "We are not pursuing aesthetics. We are here to ensure the safety of our citizens and residents. The project is mandated by the US Department of Environmental Protection and aims to reduce the risk of recontamination of treated drinking water stored in open-air reservoirs. The risk mainly comes from fecal contamination of birds and wildlife, but tanks can also enable water boards to add phosphate to the water to address another long-standing problem: dipping old pipes into the drinking water supply. Phosphates are lined up inside the pipes to prevent lead from coming into contact with water.
"We must unite to protect our children and our families," Lola said. "This is a priority."
Woodland Park Mayor Keith Kazmark did not attend the press conference but said he had met privately with PVWC officials earlier this week. He remains concerned about plans to build tanks in the Xinjie Reservoir at the scenic entrance of the Garret Mountain Reserve.
Kazmark knew that the Water Commission must somehow meet EPA requirements, but wanted the design of the Xinjie Water Tank Project to have "minimum visibility" on the road.
"I know there is a mandate, and the mandate will not change," Kazmark said. "At this point, I would like to talk about plans that have the least impact on my residents and the aesthetics of Garret Mountain."
呼和浩特化粪池 将在Paterson的Stanley M. Levine水库中建造两个250万加仑的储罐。 The first phase of the project is expected to begin in 2015. The Hohhot septic tank will build two 2.5 million gallon storage tanks in Paterson's Stanley M. Levine Reservoir. But Levin is part of the Great Falls Historic District and borders national parks, so conservationists have been working to stop it or at least mitigate its effects. Increasing concerns about lead have clearly stimulated the EPA's push for the project. Sayegh attended the press conference in a letter from EPA regional director Peter Lopez, saying that the Levine disaster mitigation plan is now complete. Lopez said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has drafted a memorandum of agreement outlining what steps must be taken to protect Levin in order to build tanks.
PVWC executive director Joseph A. Bella said the agreement was a big step forward, meaning Levin's construction could begin sometime in 2020.
But opponents of the project are looking into it.
One of the opponents, David Soo, who runs the not-for-profit Friends of the Great Falls, says there is a faster, cheaper, and more effective way to fight lead: get people to install tertiary filters in their homes.
"You can filter lead from the water at the tap," Soo said. "They are providing a band-aid. This is not a solution."
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