Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Senate Bill 422 Needed to Protect Connecticut's Water Supply

Update:  CT News Junkie reports this bill has passed the Senate in a 24-11 vote and now goes to the House.

This is a step in the right direction. But why anyone would pay a dollar for a bottle of water they can draw from their own tap for essentially nothing, is beyond comprehension. Don't like the taste of tap water? Concerned about chlorine, etc.? Buy a filter.
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There is a battle going on in Bloomfield over Niagara Bottling Company's bid to pump 1.8 million gallons of water per day from MDC's water supply.  The Metropolitan District Commission serves 8 communities, including Bloomfield and Windsor. 

Senate Bill 422 has been raised to protect Connecticut resident's drinking water during emergencies.  According to the CGA web site SB 422 is:

"AN ACT CONCERNING RESIDENTIAL WATER RATES, PUBLIC DRINKING WATER SUPPLY EMERGENCIES AND SELLERS OF BOTTLED WATER. 

"To prioritize residential consumer water sales during public drinking water supply emergencies, to prohibit sellers of bottled water from charging commercial users less than residential consumers and to ensure sellers who export bottled water out of the state do not pay lower sewer rates than residential consumers."

This short, five minute video summarizes how Niagara and other bottling companies are conspiring with MDC officials, make deals to sell water without informing the citizens, and in some cases, leaving other towns within the MDC completely out of the negotiation process.

This link will take you to another video, submitted by Theresa Tillett, candidate for senate in Bloomfield, which will provide much more detailed information.

Please contact your elected representatives and ask them to support SB 422. 

The following appeared in the Hartford Courant on April 15, 2016:

Conserving Water, Not Selling It

Since Niagara Bottling Co. consultant Stan Bratskeir goes after me in his April 8 letter, "Bottled Water Plant Good for Bloomfield," defending Niagara’s raid of Connecticut water, I feel compelled to reply.

Had he bothered to investigate my books, articles and consulting work on dozens of golf course projects nationally (including Wintonbury Hills in Bloomfield and Keney Park in Hartford), he might have recognized that I have continually advocated for turf reduction and irrigation efficiency on golf courses. Happily, the golf industry is following suit, resulting in 21.8 percent less water use by your average course since 2008.

Irrigated turf naturally recycles water back to streams and aquifers. The proposed water bottling plant, by contrast, is subsidized by a taxpayer and ratepayer giveaway to take a natural resource, wrap it in plastic bottle and ship it out of the water basin, usually out of state.

The best way for Connecticut to protect its water and its economy is to put a halt on bottling until we have a statewide water plan. That means supporting Senate Bill 422, not advocating for a water bottling plant.


Bradley S. Klein, Bloomfield

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