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New Jersey Reservoir Cover-Up

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Is water from our reservoirs safe?

The Passaic Valley Water Commission has a plan to turn three of Passaic Valley region’s reservoirs into cement tanks. Two of these reservoirs are in Woodland Park and one in Paterson. The project is supposed to cost $100 million dollars, which is expected to be paid by the local residents and business that use the water from the Passaic Valley region.

Mayor Keith Kazmark of Woodland Park has been vocal about his opposition, and says that the reason the Passaic Valley Water Commission is continuing to move forward is because they are trying to meet EPA’s federal standards.

However, Kazmark says “We test our own water here in town and quite frankly, my concern is that there really is no data to substantiate the health concern.”

There are many residents in the area who are also completely opposed to this plan.

Cheryl Saputo a resident of Woodland Park believes that the Passaic Water Valley Commissions is just trying to scare residents into accepting this plan. The PWVC has put up notices that warn residents to watch out for the water, but there is no boil water advisory.

Saputo went on to say, “I believe that’s what it was, was a ploy to make us worry about a little bit about what’s going on, but I am totally opposed to cement tanks.”

This is not the only reservoir in New Jersey that is going under construction. The Cedar Grove reservoir in Newark and the Pennington Reservoir in Trenton are slated to have these upgrades done in the next 5 years as well.

The only place in the United States that is saving their reservoirs from being renovated is in Portland, Oregon, where they have their reservoirs covered and have already started construction.

Although there is no actual proof that the water coming from the reservoir is unsafe, reservoirs ecosystems are generally at a higher risk for becoming contaminated. However, how far is too far when it comes to spending resident’s tax money? Is the Federal Government stepping in and ruining NJ Reservoirs?

Mayor Kazmark is currently trying to get a lawyer in order to stop the water commission from going through with the cement tanks.

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