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Letter to the Editor: Vote 'Yes' for Clean Water

The Clean Water project is a referendum question on the Nov. 6 ballot for all MDC member towns, including West Hartford.

To The Editor:

On November 6th, vote YES for Clean Water on the ballot question. This referendum affords us all the opportunity to continue to repair our 100-year-old sewer system, to prevent our sewage from overflowing into our homes and streets and to keep raw sewage out of the Connecticut River, Long Island Sound and other tributaries.

A YES vote assures us that the on time, under budget work of the first phase will continue, allowing sustained progress in accordance with the US Environmental Protection Agency and Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection mandate.  The alternative of allowing hundreds of millions of gallons of raw sewage mixed with storm water overflow to dump into the Connecticut River is unacceptable.

Please join me in voting YES for Clean Water on November 6th.

Larry Price

24 Bainton Rd

West Hartford CT 06117

MDC Commissioner

860-490-0523

maggie hart November 02, 2012 at 12:32 PM
The problem with this is that no one tells us that voting yes will make our water bills go up again. Mine has tripled in the last year to pay for the first phase of the clean water project. The MDC should find some other way of paying for these projects.
Glen Briden November 04, 2012 at 12:24 PM
I think the real question is do we want to give the MDC an $800M credit line to manage? No one wants sewerage in the Connecticut River. But at what cost and who do you trust to spend the public’s money effectively?
maggie hart November 05, 2012 at 03:52 PM
I feel like Judy Holiday in Born Yesterday butI think Glen is right. Also, Abigail Albair of the West Hartford Press (Nov. 1st) seems to have a good summary of the situation:Currently the cost is $1.90 per cubic feet of water used, which averages to $15.83 per homeowner per month says Timothy Dupuis, engineer & manager of Clean Water Project.The charge will increase to $5.75 in 2012. At its peak the special charge will average $47.92 per homeowner monthly !!!!! The cost is projected to be about $575 a year, and that would be on top of whatever the water costs. Burke Doar of the Town Council said." It just gets me troubled about lower income people, the middle class and the impact of this worthy project on people who are struggling to save money." To me this $575 per year is a hidden tax !!!! Vote NO tomorrow.Judy Holiday

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