If we are to do the best we can in Auburn’s Comprehensive Update Plan for the city of Auburn and its people, the committee should consider what other communities as a region are doing to provide and ensure adequate, safe drinking water. Only 10 communities, including Auburn, are reporting unfiltered water quality to state officials. This number is down considerably from past years as waivers of filtrations are on a diminishing scale.
Nothing is mentioned in the entire CPUC draft document about the economical viability for Auburn to assess and choose any and all options, including a minimal investment into the (soon to be operating) $8 million filtration facility funded and under construction by the recent stimulus program. Adding “full” filtration to this facility would simply underscore the trend and the intention of the Federal Clean Water Act and bring Auburn into the 21st century. There are many obvious benefits to communities providing filtered public drinking water.
The document needs work and John Storer, who was present at the meeting, could provide the necessary influence that the city staff so desperately needs to protect Auburn’s interest in the matter, while providing for the necessary partnership and regional coordination with the district, the commission and the city of Lewiston. I am pleased to see Storer step up to the mound, as my outspoken history in this community underscores the need and consideration toward families and citizens living in the Lake Auburn watershed and the recreating public.
Dan Bilodeau, Auburn
CPU Committee member