It's not unusual for suburban and rural Rhode Island to have less than pure water. A good portion of it comes from wells. Not Kent County though. Historically, cesspool pumpers and outhouse men often spread out the day's collection on their gardens and fields. It might not go on here any longer but it's common in third world countries.
The amount of bacteria in the Kent County system was restricted to one tank and the small amount of water that came out of it before it was detected and the tank was quarantined for testing. Just how far down the pipe did it get? I haven't heard that answered in all the noise.
East Greenwich is said to be the home town of Mr. John DePetro, the talk show host on WPRO in the morning 9-12. Well no, it's MY hometown, he only lives here. When you run, as he does, a regular radio talk show, you have to have something to talk about. It surely must have been a toothless morning because the coliform in the KCWA vat became an event of epic proportions.
I routinely switch to DePetro after Imus until the first time he says “Governor Gump” and then I shut the radio off. That Governor Gump nonsense is getting pretty old. Someone wrongly stated that the Governor's house was on well water and he had no stake in the matter. DePetro picked it up, made it a fact, and ranted about it as though it was. The Governor lives on Potowomut Neck and the only people who have wells on Potowomut Neck use it for lawns. In 1950, I lived in the house now owned by the Governor and I can tell you then it really was well water and well water on Potowomut Neck tasted metallic and always made me nauseous. It never bothered Charlie Preble but I didn't like it. I suppose the Gubernatorial digs in Exeter are on well water but that's not Kent County, is it. No.
Then Mr. D has a guy dying or made more sick at Kent Hospital because of his lack of a viable immune system. Perhaps, but the news that evening showed the hospital routinely has a warehouse stacked full with bottled water. Nonetheless if John DePetro, the Independent Man, says it's so, it must be so. The only Independent Man in Rhode Island years ago climbed up on the Marble Palace dome and turned to bronze to get away from it all. He looks out over the state from up there going “tsk! tsk!”
I suppose it is inevitable — and rightly so — that new regulations will require more immediate public notifications when the water supply is in jeopardy. Certainly any contamination is undesirable at the least and dangerous at the worst. We should be informed as soon as possible. The thing is, we have been dealing with these sort of things since the founding of the public water supply. Nothing new here. The KCWA has an excellent record of providing some of the finest water in the country and instead of denigrating and chastising the outfit, a bit of constructive discussion is more the requirement of the day. As they said, they did what was required and many feel that the requirements should be upgraded. Wonderful! Let's do it. One more law, like a pebble on a beach, will not hurt. But let's do something new: when a new law is enacted, let's get rid of an old one. Keep the book the same size. Novel, eh?
Perhaps the silliest part of all this is the waste of media time when the biggest engineering event of its kind in the history of mankind is taking place in Italy right now with the uprighting of the good ship Costa Concordia and I can't find anything on it. News today is the dull vacuous space between furniture and car ads, ambulance chasing lawyer ads, and ads for the stuff that makes facial bumps and belly fat go away.
And the Journal just laid off 40 more people? Good grief!!