The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on March 29, 1998 · Page 798
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 798

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Instead, they got a presenta- tion by engineers and economists on a central water system for The Acreage, which now is served by wells. . The presentation, by engineering consultants CH2M Hill, claimed that a central water system would be cheaper and safer for residents. Board of Supervisors President Bill Gotthelf said the presentation was just for informational purposes. But when residents voiced their fears about getting socked with extra costs for a water system Up to $81 million the board voted 6-1 to require a referendum before approving a system. They also voted to back off the issue until the Palm Beach County Health Care District tests Acreage wells for contamination. Chris Karch was the lone dissenting vote. "Unless the health district comes in here and shuts the wells down, I don't think we should have a water system in The Acreage," said Supervisor Don Bush. Few convinced Proponents of a water system cite two reasons for its need: To save money, and to avoid contaminated water. But few at the meeting were convinced it would save money. No one knows whether the current well water is safe because testing is only required when wells are built CH2M Hill tested 12 wells for its report. They found two with high levels of bacteria from human and animal waste, and nine with aesthetic problems such as taste, color or smell. But a larger sampling is needed, and district Administrator John Bonde said the tests could begin in about 90 days, with results by August. The testing will cost Indian Trail $10,000. CH2M Hill's report found that a water system could be built and operated cheaper than residents' private wells $39 to $62 a month for a water system, vs. $77 to $116 a month for well water treatment Estimates high, Bonde says But the report assumes most Acreage residents buy well systems costing upwards of $5,000. Bonde said residents probably are spending less than $2,000, and that a basic well system can cost as low as $1,000. That water won't meet primary water quality standards, but it will be safe and drinkable. Most residents said they were satisfied with their well water and were not willing to pay for a central system. "I own four lots out here, and if this thing goes through you're going to financially break me, Matt Engle told the board. Wells have hidden costs But board member Karch insists a water system would be cheaper because there are extra costs associated with the wells chemical treatments, periodic maintenance and running the water pump. "People do not understand what they're spending on their water system at home," Karch " said. 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