In an E-mail to community leaders, Santa Clarita City Manager is asking for our help by participating in a special hearing on Thursday morning at 9am at City Hall. Here is Ken Pulskamp’s e-mail to those impacted by the chloride issue in our valley.
Thank you for your interest in the potentially costly issue of chloride here in the Santa Clarita Valley. The City truly appreciates the fact that you have taken the time to understand the importance of this issue and have chosen to get involved.
As a reminder, the Regional Board will be meeting on August 3, 2006 here in Santa Clarita. The meeting will be held at City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd., in the Council Chambers and will begin at 9:00a.m.
The City still needs your help. The Regional Water Quality Control Board (the state agency responsible for establishing discharge standards) is proposing to shorten an agreed upon timeline which included five years for studies and public outreach concerning water softeners. At issue is a decision to be made by the Regional Board to modify the existing TMDL implementation schedule which could result in a premature commitment to install a very expensive $350 million advanced treatment system to remove chloride from the wastewater.
As members of the Santa Clarita community, we should be allowed the opportunity to fix this problem. Scientific studies to determine appropriate standards for chloride are essential and public outreach momentum is growing as residents unplug their softeners. These efforts have resulted in noticeable water quality improvements. Let’s continue this successful program instead of prematurely forcing costly upgrades.
Thank you again for your support.