As a resident of Devola I am confused as to the appropriate solution to the nitrate levels in the Putnam Community Water system.
An article from June 12 titled, "Elevated Nitrate Levels Addressed," states that recent samples of drinking water show that nitrate levels are lower than the EPA's allowable limit. Nonetheless, there is a proposal to install a reverse osmosis procedure which comes at a cost of $2 million. The article also indicates that the likely cause of the nitrates are the homes still served by a septic system.
Elevated levels of nitrate were also the impetus for the new sewer project. The proposed solution for that is the ongoing $5.5 million sewer installation requiring all of the remaining households in Devola to be tied into the newly designed sewer project.
My confusion lies in that if the solution to the nitrate problem is the new sewer system, why then is the Putnam Community Water Association considering a reverse osmosis procedure to fix them same problem? Let's get this right and spend the homeowner's money wisely. Ultimately, all of us will have to pay the piper.