To The Daily Sun,
It is Saturday, Jan. 2, and I am writing this letter to wish you all a Happy New Year. It is a new year so let's start it with protecting our aquifer. A number of people including myself, submitted a petition to the Town of Belmont to disallow additional industrial development above our water supply.
We the people of Belmont are fortunate to have a stratified drift aquifer created thousands of years ago by the glaciers. This aquifer is shallow to the surface of the ground and travels very slowly through a thick layer of sand and gravel flowing toward the Winnipesauke River (shallow means +/- 20 feet).
The towns of Tilton and Northfield also benefit from this natural resource.
The fact that the aquifer is shallow to the surface makes our water supply vulnerable to pollution.
The Belmont Planning Board has approved a garbage transfer station which has been given the authority to haul a maximum of 3,000 tons of garbage a week or approximately 150,000 tons a year. My concern is that since the aquifer is shallow to the ground surface it would not take much to contaminate our water supply.
Since we are pumping an average 800,000 gallons per day for all three towns, where are we going to find another equivalent source of water supply? Belmont would have the financial responsibility to correct the problem it created, of course that has not happened yet but it will happen in the future.
The financial ramifications of polluting the aquifer would be devastating to the town of Belmont. It would require the immediate expenditure of millions of dollars to correct the problem which could force the town of Belmont into bankruptcy. We, the taxpayers, would all be subject to the consequences.
The primary solution to this very serious problem is not to allow any type of industry that has potential to pollute the aquifer. That is why the people of this town submitted a petition not to allow any future industrial development on top of our aquifer. The future growth of our town and its people will depend on a healthy source of clean water.
On Jan. 6, at 5 p.m. at the Belmont Corner Meeting House, the Planning Board will hold a public meeting to discuss the petition to protect the aquifer I implore all of you to be there, do not let someone else speak in your behalf. I am at the sunset of my life and I want to share with you my experience of a life time this is my home and I want to protect what is best for my family and my fellow townspeople.
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