SIGN ON TO LETTER TO MAYOR CAHILL URGING A SWITCH TO MONROE COUNTY WATER IN A TIMELY MANNER
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR A CLEAN, SAFE WATER SUPPLY FOR THE VILLAGE OF WEBSTER SIGN ON TO LETTER TO MAYOR CAHILL URGING A SWITCH TO MONROE COUNTY WATER IN A TIMELY MANNER. Mayor John Cahill 28 West Main St. Webster, NY 14580 Dear Mayor Cahill: We are writing to urge you and the Village Trustees to switch to a safe water supply for the residents of Webster, NY in a timely manner. A toxicologist, Science Director Stephen Lester at the Center for Health, Environment & Justice conducted an analysis of Webster water quality tests from 2007 to 2012. Mr. Lester found four contaminants were above the government standards, including arsenic, mercury, lead and iron. Another serious concern is that the Webster Water Department did not test for all of the contaminants that should have been tested. A priority pollutant test measures 129 different chemicals but the Department tested for only 40.95% of those chemicals. Of the New York State Specific Organic Chemicals and Principal Organic Contaminants lists, the Webster Water Dept. only tested for 70.19% of the contaminants despite the recommendation that a minimum of 90% should be tested. The Webster Water Department’s testing is also very inconsistent. The specific substances that were measured changed from one year to the next, from one sample to another, and from one location to the next. It was determined that rarely were the same set of substances measured in the same sample and at the same location for consecutive years. Mr. Lester noted, “As a result, what you have is a hodge-podge of data that is disorganized and very difficult to evaluate.” In addition, Dr. Richard Young, Professor of Geology at SUNY Geneseo, discussed the geology of the Irondogenesee Aquifer in a September 2012 presentation and water impacts. He stated that between 1961 and 1965, over 20 test bores were drilled into the bottom of Irondequoit Bay by the NYS Department of Transportation which caused contaminates lying at the bottom of the bay to enter into the aquifer. Dr. Young noted that around that same time, Xerox began to draw 7 million gallons of water per day from the aquifer causing chemicals, such as chloride, phosphates, and Alum to be pulled into the Irondogenesee aquifer. When asked whether the village should switch to Monroe County Water Authority, Dr. Young stated, “It’s a no brainer, the water needs to be switched.” The Webster water supply is not a safe, clean source of water. We urge you and the Village Trustees to take immediate action to switch to the Monroe County water supply. Thank you for your attention on this important matter. Sincerely, YOUR NAME, STREET ADDRESS, TOWN If you would like to send an email under separate cover, you may do so here: SIGN ON BY SENDING YOUR NAME, STREET ADDRESS, TOWN BY AUGUST 16TH BY EMAILING WEBSTERVILLAGEWATER@YAHOO.COM THANK YOU!