Edgewood residents frustrated with water quality
June 20, 2018 10:23 PM
Edgewood, N.M. (Jen French) - The water may be safe, but many people in Edgewood refuse to drink it.
The Edgewood mayor and city councilors have discussed possible solutions that could improve the town’s water system, but the most recent proposal has drawn controversy.
The town of Edgewood’s attorney sent a letter to EPCOR, the private company that owns Edgewood’s water system, revealing the town’s intent to buy or begin condemnation proceedings to acquire the system.
Resident Sean McCormick refuses to drink the water, so at least three times a week he fills up water jugs outside of a grocery store.
"Part of that is because I drink a lot of coffee,” McCormick said. "I don't even like giving it to my cats inside the house.”
McCormick isn’t alone. Resident Bill Bice said the calcium and minerals in his tap are excessive and the water is more trouble than it’s worth.
"I've lived in more than seven states and I've never had water this bad,” Bice said. "You can't drink it. You can't wash your dishes in it. You have to shower in it but you don't want to."
Though the Town of Edgewood has yet to file in court, Mayor Pro Tem John Abrams said acquiring the current system could be advantageous to the town.
"EPCOR is a corporation that is beholden to their shareholders, their board; they're there to make a profit,” Abrams said. “If Edgewood were to take the water system, the water system would become a municipal water system and it would be responsible for its own support.”
EPCOR Vice President Daniel Bailet said the company doesn’t plan on selling. Bailet said EPCOR will fight any condemnation proceedings in court. The company has the capability of installing a central filtration system, but only if residents are able to pay a higher rate.
"There's no question the water under this town is hard. It's got a high mineral content. It's dollars and cents and whether the rate payers are willing or taxpayers to pay the bill,” Bailet said.
Updated: June 20, 2018 10:23 PM
Created: June 20, 2018 09:15 PM
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