Stamford’s well testing project is making good progress

Jul 2nd, 2012 | By | Category: Water
The North Stamford Concerned Citizens for the Environment writes:
A recent article in the Stamford Advocate made clear what has concerned us for the last three years – that groundwater contamination is a significant health concern that can be solved if only it gets the attention it deserves.  We are pleased to see this is getting attention in Hartford, including a presentation made by Stamford Health Director Anne Fountain to the Commissioner of the Department of Public Health.  However, it is a shame it has taken so long – particularly when we look at old projects from the 1990s that should have raised warning flags so much earlier.
The City’s well testing project is making good progress, but as always we continue to urge more speed and transparency.  The map of reported well water quality is on the City’s website, but unfortunately has not been updated since the beginning of May, so it is now two months and at least 100 data points out of date.  We will continue to alert you as the map is updated.
Because the City’s well testing project did not get enough support to fulfill the overwhelming demand, the Stamford Community Advisory Panel, a group that includes leaders from NSCCE, local and state health professionals, neighborhood associations, the NSA and Stamford Board of Realtors, took the initiative to create an alternate project to provide lower-cost testing that will automatically share results to the City for expanded mapping of groundwater quality.  If you were unable to get on the City’s list for testing in the next two years, you can get your well tested more quickly for $164.50 plus tax by calling 203-323-9968 and requesting the SWWAT program (Stamford Well Water Alternate Testing).  This costs less than the $250 to $350 you might expect to pay elsewhere, and automatically shares results with the City Health Department for mapping.
If you’ve been holding on to hazardous waste for safe and legal disposal, this year’s Hazmat Waste Day is July 14 – moved to a new location this year at Rippowam Middle School at 281 High Ridge Road, from 9am to 2pm.  Full details are available at the City’s website.  This is a great way to reduce the risk that our children and grandchildren will be cleaning up our batteries, pesticides and transmission fluids.
NSCCE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, supported by generous contributions from hundreds of concerned residents just like you.  …
Karen DeFalco
President, NSCCE
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