Today's Santa Maria Times contains a commentary regarding the Cambria tainted water issue from Paul Karp, Director of Public Works for the City of Santa Maria.
According to Karp, "This water that was accepted for further treatment in Santa Maria already met standards for drinking water." [Tin Soldier: Whose standards?]
According to the April 1, 2003, San Luis Obispo Tribune article, "The residual water is left over from Chevron Texaco's cleanup of Cambria groundwater contaminated with MTBE. That treated byproduct is dubbed 'MTBE-impacted water,' a technical term that falls somewhere between drinkable water and hazardous waste."
Who are we to believe?
The Tribune article also states that the Cambria Water District actually "mounted a petition drive and organized a campaign to block the plan" to dump this "MTBE-impacted water" in the Cambria creek.
If this "MTBE-impacted" water is so drinkable, as Karp says, why did Cambria fight so hard against it?
And if Cambria didn't want it, why are we so eager to have it shipped down to our water treatment plant?
One Tin Soldier