Devola’s leaders need to lead on sewer issue

The letter to the editor (March 26) in regard to the sewer project in Devola was so inflammatory, and politically skewed that if I had not lived here for 37 years I might have believed it. Since I have been a resident for all that time it became very apparent that the only thing that had changed in regard to the sewer project was the fact we had had an election. The need for the sewer project itself had not changed. Thinking residents of Devola have known for a long time that sewers are a necessity, and not a luxury. Let us take a look at why Devola needs the sewer project to go ahead.

Fact No. 1 is that the drinking water in Devola is contaminated by human waste. Using the word nitrates may make it easier to accept, but does not change the facts.

Fact No. 2, the water has the potential to kill a baby under 6 months of age if used in a formula. So far this has not happened which only means that we have been lucky.

Fact No. 3 is that having to buy water is expensive, but drinking the water or cooking with it is out of the question. One can only imagine mashed potatoes cooked in water containing nitrates.

Fact No. 4 involves the softening of water so that your plumbing needs are a little less of an issue, and laundry, while not great, is tolerable.

Fact No. 5 is that while nitrate levels go up and down, it does not eradicate the source of the contamination. Human waste in drinking water is not acceptable ever, but in the year 2013, it is unheard of except in third world countries.

Fact No. 6, the OEPA is not the enemy, the leaking septic tanks are the enemy and this problem will not go away no matter how much was promised in the last election. Take the time and go to your computer, look up the value of nitrates as it relates to the human body. I can assure you that you will not find anything positive.

I have heard all the rumors going around in Devola, and my suggestion is that the newly elected officials do the job they were elected to do. Lead in a positive manner. Advocate for your people in a positive way, and stop contributing to the trash talk. Communicate with your constituents, and assure them that they will not go bankrupt because they need sewers. My house has been piped for years, and the thought of human waste flowing away from my property is a source of relief for me. Yes, I have paid monthly for the service, and it is worth every cent.

Actually clean water and clean air improve the attractiveness of your community, and make it a place where people want to live, and raise a family.

Florence Beidler