Would you brush your teeth with brownish water from your water faucet? Or cook with it?
Some 20 people attended last night’s City Council Committee on Infrastructure and Public Lands meeting to discuss what they and several aldermen described as ongoing problems with tap water in homes on certain streets in south Woburn.
Pierce Street resident Robert Salzer brought two plastic bottles of water from his home. The liquid was the color of cola. Other residents told the committee how the water has affected sinks, toilets, showers, shower curtains, filters—and even their water usage. Some said they drink only bottled water now. Boiling the tap water leaves a residue, according to Stanley Terrace resident Mark Surette.
Before the meeting started, Hugues Bernard of Maria Court told Woburn Patch he came to the meeting because sometimes the tap water at the home where he has lived for seven years is “chocolate brown.”
“Clean water is a necessity,” said Ward 1 Ald. Rosa DiTucci. “We don’t have it [in wards 1 and 2]."
Residents of one street can’t brush their teeth or cook with city water, DiTucci said. They bathe in it “reluctantly,” she said.
Residents were told the problems would be fixed, DiTucci said.
But they were “empty promises,” she said.
The aldermen have asked for water improvements to be made in south Woburn for two years, according to committee Chairman and Ward 2 Ald. Richard Gately. A Request for Proposals to address the problem hasn’t even been drawn up yet, he said.
The committee voted to recommend that the water problems on several streets be solved within four months.
In some cases, water pipes have to be replaced, DiTucci said. In others, they have to be relined.
Gately was displeased that several department heads were absent from the meeting.
He also said that the Infrastructure Committee’s input is no longer welcome on city infrastructure projects.