JAM SESSION: New well sites –

David Peck

This issue is well outside my area of knowledge and expertise, however, it seems that solutions may be in the offing. The 200 acre property should be taken off the table without additional options as one well should be sufficient for the near term future requirements.

A Plymouth resident for more than 40 years, Jeff Berger is founder and owner of JMB Communications / and as well as Northeast Ambassador for SkyMed International, He is a former chairman of Plymouth’s Nuclear Matters Committee and its Cable Advisory Committee.

We are blessed to have an aquifer filled with clean and pure water under our town. We must treat this extraordinary resource with the respect it deserves and protect it for future generations.

Apparently, the DPW believes that we need to develop more wells to meet the ever growing demand for fresh water in our town. Dropping more wells into the aquifer to deplete it at an even faster rate should not be the first or even the second answer. The way to meet ever growing demand is to educate the public that they cannot have unlimited fresh water, that it is a precious resource that they must use sparingly and responsibly. Encourage water conservation, make more efficient use of what we already have, and reward the citizens who do this. Make the profligate users, including golf courses, pay. Before we talk of new wells let#8217;s talk about: regulation of automatic watering systems. Insure that no sprinklers run during rain falls. Evaluate the entire water supply piping system to check for leaks. Encourage the use of rain barrels. Encourage xeroscaping (drought tolerant landscaping) and discourage huge swaths of grass. Stop using impervious paving on acres of parking lots, which hinders the recharge of ground water. Make people understand that private wells tap into the very same underground water source as public wells. Only after we residents of Plymouth make every effort at conserving this resource can we talk about pumping more water. Let us manage demand before we work on more supply.

Rick Caproni

Jay Beauregard

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