Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District Administrator Clete Saunier. A copy was forwarded to the Town-Crier for publication.
Dear Mr. Saunier:
For the second time, I have read of suggestions offered by the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District to use “reclaimed water” in its canals. Surely you realize that reclaimed water is treated sewage, and even while “treated” it is unsafe for human consumption and a hazard for surface and ground waters!
Residents of Abacoa in Jupiter currently utilize reclaimed water for purposes of lawn watering. While Abacoa residents are on municipal water for drinking water purposes, no resident in Abacoa can plant a vegetable garden in their yard because of the use of reclaimed water and the hazards its presents.
Suggesting that utilizing reclaimed water is a viable option for canals is a terrible idea, and most especially for residents of the Town of Loxahatchee Groves who rely upon individual potable wells for their drinking water supply. There is further a risk of ground water contamination beyond the boundaries of the Town of Loxahatchee Groves and into my own community.
I believe most any well-educated hydrologic engineer familiar with issues of water quality, whether surface or ground, would likely agree that the decision to utilize reclaimed water even for lawn watering, golf course watering or any other such use, will ultimately result in polluting the surficial aquifer, and its current use is a terrible idea! Water is connected to water is connected to water…
Please put aside any future thoughts of utilizing reclaimed water within the boundaries of Loxahatchee Groves!