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Town water at risk from development

To the editor: Manchester residents connected to the town water system need to be aware the clean water they have been accustomed to may be in jeopardy. The select board has approved an amendment to the town's bylaw to allow commercial septic systems in the aquifer protection area without connecting to town sewer. This could allow a so called "eco-resort" to release in excess of 8,500 gallons per day (over 3 million gallons per year) through seven different on-site septic systems into a source protection area for the town wells.

The 3-2 decision was based on a map of surficial geology that dates back to 1970. They approved this change even though they were provided new information from a 2004 study of potential impacts (contamination) to the aquifer and the town's water supply. There was a voice of reason from two members of the board to review the new material and make a educated decision based on science and the possible health risks to the public. These requests went unheeded regardless of the fact there is more than enough time for additional research.

Please reach out to Ivan Beattie, chairman of the select board (water commissioner) or attend the next board meeting and voice your opposition to jeopardizing our water supply for a political agenda.

Brian Benson

Manchester, Oct. 19


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