Westborough water quality report released
Westborough – The 2009 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report was released this month, and it states that the town’s drinking water “met all applicable health standards regulated by the federal government.”
One of the few notable warnings in the report is a “high” rating of contaminant susceptibility for the Andrews, Wilkinson, Otis Street, Lake Chauncy and Indian Meadows wells, along with the Westborough Reservoir. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) notes that “a source’s susceptibility to contamination does not imply poor water quality.” The rating is precautionary, and the DEP recommends reminding residents of ways in which to protect the town’s water supply.
Among the recommendations from the DEP is to participate in hazardous collection programs for chemicals and items like used oil, antifreeze and paints. Residents are also encouraged to repair automobile oil leaks, properly dispose of pet waste and apply pesticides and fertilizers minimally, and properly.
More information on the report can be found online at www. mass.gov/dep/water/drinking/ ceroreps.htm.
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