I took your suggestion to go to www.celdf.org. The information I found has re-enforced my conviction that the citizens of the town of Wells have every right to bring the “rights based ordinance” before the people for a vote. This site has inspired me to support the “SOH2O” group to move forward and do everything it can to bring this protection to our town.
Listening to my basement sump pump hard at work the other day, I got to thinking. How many gallons a day, I wondered, flow into and out of my basement during these waterlogged days of early spring? Which in turn made me wonder: How much water falls on our 1.86-acre yard in a given year?
The good folks at Corporate Accountability International published a transcript of an interview with the leaders of four different community groups [in WI, MI, CA, and ME] – all of whom are dealing with the unwelcome attentions of Nestle Waters of North America’s bottled water operations.
One way to start going green is by putting down that little plastic bottle with the green label. At least that’s what the city of Portland is telling its businesses and residents. Last year the Portland City Council passed a “Take Back the Tap” resolution vowing to fund public water systems and discourage the consumption of bottled water.
Take Back the Tap (takebackthetap.org) is a national initiative gaining ground in cities, restaurants, and households across America. A host of Portland restaurants and bars have already made the pledge, which is available online for both individuals and restaurants. The movement is particularly symbolic in Maine, a state that bottles one million gallons of its water a day under the label of Poland Spring, according to Food & Water Watch, the national consumer advocacy organization behind Take Back the Tap.
Even if you’re not going green in the eco sense, we’ll bet saving a little green in the wallet is high on your list for 2009: tap water costs taxpayers about $.002 per gallon while bottled water can run you as much as ten dollars a gallon for “premium” brands.
WELLS — There are two schools of thought on how water extraction should be governed in town — rights- and regulatory-based — but sentiment expressed by the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday made it clear there are uncertainties with each.
In a 3-2 vote, the board narrowly rejected a citizen’s petition to place a rights-based water extraction ordinance on the June warrant, despite some reservation shown from at least one of the selectmen who turned the measure down.
On Tuesday, March 31, I went to Augusta with other members of Save Our Water to testify at a hearing in support of bill LD 837, titled, “An act to protect Maine’s Groundwater.”
The language of the bill is simple: “Interest in groundwater, protections notwithstanding any other provision of law, the people of this State have the same common interest in groundwater as in fresh surface waters. Groundwater is due at the same protections as fresh waters in the lakes and streams.”
LD 837 simply and beautifully extends that the same laws that protect surface waters in this State to the groundwaters that are scientifically connected to those surface waters.
Even Nestlé/Poland Spring has a diagram in their corporate literature which demonstrates that the groundwater and surface water systems are connected. Why have two separate laws governing groundwater and surface water, as if they are two different systems, when in reality they are one system of water? Under the current laws, our groundwater is not protected in the same way as our surface waters. So I ask, why would anyone object to a bill designed simply to protecting our groundwater ?
That is why I was appalled to see that our KKW Water District Superintendent in attendance testifying AGAINST the bill! Isn’t his job to protect our groundwater?