Our View: Plainville tries to solve the mystery of its water

Published on Sunday, 24 September 2017 21:14
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The good news is that there’s nothing in the water coming out of the spouts in Plainville that is dangerous to health. That’s according to tests by state health officials, responding to more than 100 complaints that the H2O coming into private homes and businesses is “hard” and could cause harm to fixtures.

The bad news is, the water has a distinctly unpleasant taste due to minerals in the water.

Fortunately, the bitterness is the focus of efforts by both the Valley Water Company and the state Department of Public Health, which are attempting to find the problem - and solve it.

Put another way, this is no Flint, Michigan.

That said, residents are still unhappy with the taste.

As Town Manager Robert Lee told Bristol Press reporter Kristen Gloss, “The reason you have a water system is so people will drink the water, not buy water. We have had people say they won’t drink the water.”

But he also assured townspeople that Valley Water is currently evaluating all options to treat the problem as well as looking at the costs involved in each possible solution - an important issue in frugal Plainville.

Now he’s asking residents to lend a hand. An important step in the discovery process will be resident responses to a questionnaire they will be receiving in the next few months. It’s designed to help evaluate the problem, as is Lee’s request that water company customers contact him with any issues they have with water quality.

In other words, if you have Plainville water, they need your input. Please speak up!

Posted in New Britain Herald, Editorials on Sunday, 24 September 2017 21:14. Updated: Sunday, 24 September 2017 21:16.