From BARK: The City of Portland will decide on May 18th @ 10:15 am whether to waste $500 million to treat our Bull Run drinking water, recently confirmed as pure and free from harmful bacteria. Location is at: Council Chambers, Portland City Hall (between Jefferson and Madison on SW 4th Ave) |
This issue seems to be not very well covered locally, but enforcing EPA regulations and building a UV treatment plant will seriously affect Portland's drinking water, and utility rates. No harmful cryptosporidium has ever been found in this water. Yet for some reason the city is going along with the supposition that open reservoirs should be covered to comply with EPA recommendations/requirements. Covered reservoirs have more risk of microorganisms historically across the nation.
Contrary to what BARK (and Friends of Reservoirs) are putting out on their websites, instead of pursuing a (temporary) "variance", the council should be pursuing a (permanent) "waiver" from compliance with these regs on the basis that this treatment facility is unwarranted and will actually increase the contamination of our now clean water with chemicals like radon and chloroform which build up if not allowed to off-gas, as well as mercury and other pollutants that will increase toxicity due to the other pollutants required for this kind of "treatment"...
foresttofaucetpdx.blogspot.com | Past Portland IMC Coverage & links | Video: Rally to Save Portland's Drinking Water | VIDEO: Growing Concern Cable Access coverage of the issue w/ Scott Fernandez |followup report of the hearing
Citizens For Portland's Water