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Chloramines forum addresses water treatment questions


'It's new for you guys, but it's not new'



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Town Councilor Denise Clemence wraps things up with Dr. Jeffrey Griffiths, the evening’s last speaker. Gus Steeves. (click for larger version)
October 19, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — Now that chloramines are already in the water supply (they started Sept. 28), local officials and representatives of state and federal environmental agencies spoke to explain what they are and why the town is using them at a Tuesday night forum at Harrington Hospital.

This isn't the first time — some of the same people answered some of the same questions back in May, when the start-up date was still uncertain. But one key speaker, Dr. Jeffrey Griffiths was new, and even chloramine opponents praised him afterward for his clarity.

Griffiths, a Tufts Medical School professor and member of the Environmental Protection Agency's Drinking Water Advisory Council, started by observing, as others have said, using chloramines is about 90 years old.

"It's new for you guys, but it's not new," he said, noting more communities were using it before World War II than are doing so now. After later acknowledging it has detrimental effects on fish and lizards, he added, "Mammals, I wouldn't sweat it. I'm a mammal and I drink chloraminated water."

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For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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