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Reader Opinion: Vote for Measure P to protect our groundwater

Reader shares views on benefits of Measure P for local groundwater quality
Man measuring ground water levels (Stock image).

Voter approval of the City of Livermore’s Measure P would allow sewer services to be extended into unincorporated areas of the South Livermore Valley currently served by septic tanks.

These septic tanks are a source of nitrates that degrade groundwater that is the source of drinking water to nearby homes. The new sewer line would provide centralized treatment and safe disposal of wastewater. Reducing septic tank use would reduce groundwater degradation from nitrates as well as the associated health risk.

I have a long-standing interest in maintaining and improving our local groundwater quality as a member of the Zone 7 Board of Directors.

Zone 7 is the groundwater manager responsible for ensuring sustainable use of our groundwater basin. For more detailed information on Measure P impacts on groundwater please visit the Zone 7 website.  While I am a member of the Zone 7 Board of Directors, my letter is not offered on their behalf.

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