An e-mail from Kathy Morgan of Hull this morning….
“E-coli has been found in Cohasset water. Why didn’t Hull residents get phone notification? I was very upset to hear on the news at 5:50 AM this morning that E. Coli has been found in Cohasset water. Since we receive “blended” water, I want to know why no phone notification was sent out by Aquarion.”
Will the Real Town Manager Stand Up!??
According to our former town manager, Mike Coughlin, American Water tests for E. Coli all the time. They don’t need to have the state run any tests to know it’s there.
Coughlin said the press release from the water commissioners indicated they were notified of the E. Coli on Saturday May 12th. But samples were collected on May 8th and according to Coughlin, American Water tests for E. Coli in-house.
“To get the word out– they could have made a public service announcement at (Cohasset’s ) Town Meeting on Saturday, but of course that would have put the Water Commission in a bad light and would have reinforced the citizens’ petition argument that professional oversight of our contract operations of both water and sewer is needed.”
“I know I feel strongly about water but when I was Town Manager in Southbridge– our DPW director reamed out the operator of the water system for trying to downplay when e-coli was found in the system, Coughlin said.
Coughlin added: “I hope someone asks why this was not disclosed on Saturday. According to Joe Campbell– he was preparing to serve 1,300 at Atlantica on Mother’s Day – it would have been nice if the safety precautions like throwing out ice– would have been known immediately.”
How convenient that water bid contracts will be opened after the Mariner goes to print, how convenient that Peter (chairman of the water commission) claimed that he would not be involved in the selection but now he is on the agenda to brief the selectmen on bids.”
Did water commissioners know of this much earlier and not warn the town (24 hour notice required for E. coli outbreaks) because of sensitive water articles before town meeting? And what did the selectmen and the acting town manager know, and when did they know it and do they know anything?
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