Ye old unlined landfill off Old Farm Road. Amherst Woods top center
Assistant Town Manager Dave Ziomek (far right) attended Water Supply Protection Committee meeting yesterday
The Amherst Water Supply Protection Committee voted 3-1 yesterday to recommend the town do one extra sampling analysis at Well 4-08, located in a sensitive area for our drinking supply (Zone 2) where a high level of Dioxane was detected in one lone sampling back in July, 2012.
As per DEP regulations the town tests annually at 15 sites for contamination from two closed landfills off Belchertown Road (lined landfill) and Old Farm Road (unlined).
After the alarming test results taken in July, 2012 the town quickly did a resampling in August using a better testing method which turned up nothing. Zero. Zip.
And for the past three years annual testing has turned up nothing. Zero. Zip.
Dissenting member John Tobiason, who is also a Board of Health member, was sure the unusually high readings on that one test date were simply due to error, or a false positive. Especially since that lone sample date is so far outside the norm for all the other sampling ever done.
About a half dozen neighbors showed up for the meeting and were adamant the town test four times per year to account for "seasonal variations."
But the Committee pointed out the retest using a better testing method was done in August of 2012 only a month after the alarming sample was taken, and August is in the same "season" as July.
Of course these are the same Amherst Woods neighbors who filed a lawsuit against the town to prevent a solar array from going on ye old landfill.
After the appeased neighbors filed out of the meeting, just before adjournment, the Water Supply Protection Committee confirmed, "We're not concerned."
The southern end of Gull Pond has tested positive for contamination, but it's not like anybody would drink that water (or swim in it)