To the Editor:
I read with interest Alderman Smedley’s letter defending the mayor and her team’s environmental record. Not surprisingly, water isn’t mentioned.
The city attempted to sell Patton Brook Well last year without even an appraisal (which sale the author supported along with all but one of his party’s council members) to Southington for one million dollars. The value of that water is approximately $1.2 million a year. This during a prolonged and unannounced drought, which forced the city to spend $436,000 to purchase water resulting in a 5 percent water rate hike.
The rationale for the sale; we have an overabundance of water, the well is not hooked up, and will cost a million dollars to fix. This September, the well was tested and produced a million gallons a day for weeks. The cost to get it operational - $10,000.
The mayor rationalizes Tilcon’s proposed destruction of protected watershed by saying it’s about creating a reservoir (in 50 plus years). Tilcon’s proposal isn’t about a reservoir; it’s about strip mining watershed for corporate profit.
The proposed sale and destruction of water resources is environmentally indefensible.
Paul E. Zagorsky