CDC's Drinking Water Week theme for 2019 was "Protect The Source."
"Government regulations have helped reduce pollution of the bodies of water that supply our drinking water systems over the years. However, treating water to remove or kill contaminants like germs or chemicals is still critical to make sure that water is safe to drink. Contamination of drinking water can occur at multiple points, including:
USA Today of 9/21/2019 writes that EPA's Safe Drinking Water Act is not to be relied on for the safety of drinking water:
" In a handout on the EPA website explaining the Safe Drinking Water Act, it explains that water systems in America rely on community members to ensure that local water suppliers keep their water safe." "The public is responsible for helping local water suppliers to set priorities, make decisions on funding and system improvements, and establish programs to protect drinking water sources," the EPA writes.
The applicant's lawyer asked the engineer to affirm that there is adequate water supplies for appropriate fire protection. If there is a concern for fire at this large fueling station, why do we even consider placing it there? Where would all the water mixed with gasoline go? Also, doesn't water splash benzine and spread fire even more?
Do we need it so badly that we should take a chance?
There are plenty of articles that show how firefighting foams contaminate wells:
'Delaware’s Source Water Assessment and Protection Program' presentation on 10/18/2013 (page 4), is quoted Lord Delaware in 'Proclamation for Jamestown, VA, 1610':
"There shall be no man or woman dare to wash any unclean linen, wash clothes,...nor rinse or make clean any kettle, pot, or pan or any suchlike vessel within twenty feet of the old well or new pump. Nor shall anyone aforesaid, within less than a quarter mile of the fort, dare to do the necessities of nature, since by these unmanly, slothful, and loathsome immodesties, the whole fort may be choked and poisoned.“
This drinking water source may not be contaminated in 2-3 years, but once the fueling station is there, there is no telling that it might not be contaminated in the future. Our children and grandchildren may be affected without doing anything wrong.
Huge Potential Burden on the County
If this site gets contaminated or the station becomes non-use for bankruptcy or being outdated due to electric cars that can be charged at home, who will be responsible to clean up the site?
Should this fueling station be required to put tens of millions of dollars in bonds?
Those who do not live in the area affected and do not have to drink or use the water there everyday had better not say that the residents are overly concerned. If such high risk is ignored in this area, the same will happen anywhere in Sussex.
"It is NOT about a cup of coffee, but it's about the water you use to make that coffee, among other things."