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Pleasanton presses pause on PFAS treatment and well rehabilitation project

Original post made on Sep 12, 2022

The Pleasanton City Council voted unanimously last week to pause the PFAS treatment and wells rehabilitation project, which was intended to address water quality and purification, because of rising costs and other factors.

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Posted by Ptown Baseball Dad
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 12, 2022 at 5:12 pm

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This is absolutely the number one issue facing our city going forward. Without high quality, safe drinking water, we become another Jackson, Mississippi or Flint, Michigan. Our mayor, city council and city manager need to step up and lead. Enough already about $4.8 million ++ for the Century House, $6 million ++ for another skate park and $15 million ++ to reconfigure the bandstand at Delucci Park. Last I checked, we don’t print money in Pleasanton.

Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 12, 2022 at 9:37 pm

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I agree government should always prioritize securing infrastructure before taking on more adventurous endeavors. Air / water / roads (uhhh hmmm west Los positas) / waste / education

Posted by Stephanie
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Sep 13, 2022 at 9:49 am

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PTown Baseball dad took the words right out of my mouth!

What We Know about Health Effects (from EPA website)
Current peer-reviewed scientific studies have shown that exposure to certain levels of PFAS may lead to:
-Developmental effects or delays in children
-Reproductive effects such as decreased fertility or increased high blood pressure in pregnant women.
-Developmental effects or delays in children, including low birth weight, accelerated puberty, bone variations, or behavioral changes.
-Increased risk of some cancers, including prostate, kidney, and testicular cancers.
-Thyroid problems
-Reduced ability of the body’s immune system to fight infections, including reduced vaccine response.
-Interference with the body’s natural hormones.
-Increased cholesterol levels and/or risk of obesity

Posted by Kathleen Hall
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Sep 13, 2022 at 10:50 am

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I completely agree with everything Kathy Narum said:

"I'm not going to agree to pause unless all five of us say this is our No. 1 priority and everything else, unless it's health or safety for our residents, takes a backseat. I don't care what it is," Narum said.

She said that she wants to see an outlined plan with deadlines on tasks for the evaluation so no time is wasted.

Additionally, Narum said she wants to see if there is any possibility to look at other locations outside of the contaminated area of water wells to construct a new well that doesn't have contaminated water."

My concern is, who is going to continue to make this the high priority it needs to be once Kathy Narum's term on the council is up?

Posted by BobB
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Sep 13, 2022 at 11:15 am

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Everyone stop panicking. This is not Flint Michigan or Jackson Mississippi. We are not currently being supplied contaminated water. I hope now would be a good time to revisit recycling, which was brought up in an earlier meeting. I still don't understand the opposition to that, except for from the people who want to use it as an excuse to oppose new construction.

Posted by keeknlinda
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Sep 13, 2022 at 12:30 pm

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When the $46 million price tag was initially presented for the combined PFAS and well rehabilitation projects I practically begged for separating the two, reasoning that the well rehab is a more urgent need, to be addressed before one or more of the wells fails, leaving us with contamination or reduction of available water. PFAS is a moving target. State and Federal regulations are not yet known, so project design without knowing reduction requirements makes little sense.
Additionally, our groundwater basin is multiple-faceted,with upper and lower aquifers. This was brought to light when Zone 7 presented publically some results from a study commenced under the previous council with a unanimous vote to study alternative sources for Pleasanton's water. The current council, by majority vote, prematurely pulled its $250,000 from that agreement, leaving Zone 7 holding the bag. Because it was of utmost importance as the drought dragged on, they opted to continue. Luckily on,Aug. 31 the illustrative and important maps of the aquifer were presented to the general public.
As the discussion whether to pause the two-fold project ensues, I Zoomed in, encouraging Pleasanton to get back into Zone 7's good graces so city staff can be brought up to speed on their efforts to hold back the PFAS plume and stop its westward movement. Some of the staff's remarks indicated they were unaware of certain possibilities for mitigating infiltration and there are more options than council was being apprised of.
Jackson, MS is currently suffering at the hands of a private water supplier. We must flatly and firmly refuse that suggestion in order to not risk the same ever, ever happening here. As ratepayers, we need to view Zone 7's presentation of Aug. 31, and we must insist the city collaborate with Zone 7 et al in order to be certain the information is accurate, and current, and our safe water is protected and its future ensured.

Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 13, 2022 at 5:00 pm

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Who is directing city staff with agenizing items for council meetings. Is it the mayor telling the city manager what to agenize?

If that is the case, city manager and city staff should have pushed back, and in some instances they did. It appears the mayor Brown is prioritizing the agenda for council.

With placing her expensive pet projects, Century House, Skate Park, Band stand ahead of the cities need to address and spend the money on water resources.

With the three-vote majority, Arkin, Testa Brown, mayor Brown knows she can get her priorities approved ahead of the citizen's needs. Water sustains life, Century house, skate park and band stand does not sustain life.

Pleasanton drinking water priorities far exceed the mayors wasteful spending. Water priorities should be the first item on every council meeting agenda.

Posted by Robertbush81
a resident of Mohr Park
on Sep 14, 2022 at 10:48 am

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It seems amazing we made it this far before the water table was deemed polluted. I interpret this as it is cheaper to buy water from out of the area than spend an infinite amount of money trying to achieve a miracle in somehow stopping the continued degradation of the ground beneath us. With close to 400,000 in the drainage basin I don't know how chemicals have stayed out of the water supply all this time. If the source of the specific chemicals mentioned can be traced they should forced to foot the bill if they exist anymore and have the resources to pay.

Posted by runningguy
a resident of Mohr Park
on Sep 16, 2022 at 10:45 pm

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Why is Pleasanton doing its own water? Why can't Zone 7 just supply everything? It seems that if Zone 7 has the facilities to already do this. WHy not let them?

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