Letters to the Editor

Our drinking water is fine

This water utility tax PUD is a scam to get more tax revenue. The commissioners didn’t accept the message when the “superminority” of over 70 percent of voters rejected Proposition 1.

Don’t fall for this con: We have safe drinking water in Island County!

A water service firm which is the largest well service provider of the three in Island County has over 150 well customers on Whidbey and Camano.

Their next closest competition has only about 50 customers or less.

To comply with state reporting requirements they test each well monthly, including tests for fecal coli. They have had only two positive tests of fecal coli in all their tests of wells over the past nine years!

Both caused by bugs getting into the water storage tanks due to defective screens.

The commissioners claim that over 70 percent of Island citizens depend upon ground water from a sole source aquifer. Probably the majority of them drink water from wells serviced by this and the other two firms.

Commissioners state there is a problem which demands attention. The watersheds for which Island County has reliable testing, over half exceed acceptable levels for fecal coli form.

That’s surface water; not drinking water.

They also state Island County depends upon ground water from a sole source aquifer. There are no data proving this is correct.

There might be a problem of contamination from surface water or as they say, “Clearly there is a problem which demands attention.” But, creating this PUD with the financial burden it places on all county property owners is not the solution.

This PUD is also based on another phony scientific report to justify solving a nonexistent problem to collect more tax dollars, or to justify county assisting in the Puget Sound Partnership’s agenda.

Their data was been proven to be incorrect a couple years ago.

William Strow

Oak Harbor

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