Article 91

ARTICLE 91

(Bylaw:  Safety of Drinking Water)

            To see if the town will vote to amend the General Bylaws of the town by inserting a new bylaw as follows:

 

Safety of Drinking Water

 

1. In addition to, as supplemental home rule requirements, and not in any way in derogation of any applicable federal or state water quality standards and requirements, public water suppliers or distributors, that are operated by the town of Nantucket or any of its instrumentalities, boards, committees, commissions or agencies, included but not limited to the Nantucket water department, Wannacomet Water Company, Nantucket Public Schools, Nantucket Memorial Airport, and Nantucket Land Bank shall have the quality of water tested at an independent laboratory at least once per calendar quarter, or more often as may be required by applicable federal or state requirements, which tests shall include at least tests for the presence of chemical compounds known as PFAS.

2. In the event any test described in section 1 of this Bylaw or any test however arising reports a test result for PFAS at a level of 15 parts per trillion, or higher, the foregoing described town of Nantucket public water supplier or distributor shall in addition to any other applicable federal or state requirement:

 

(A) issue a public alert by posting such test results in a newspaper of general circulation within the town and posting the test results on the town of Nantucket website; and

 

(B) present to the town of Nantucket Select Board at a public meeting within 90 days of the date of receipt of such test report, a corrective action plan and time table by which the presence of PFAS in drinking water supplies at the above stated level are to be addressed and remediated.

 

(Meghan P. Glowacki, et al)

FINANCE COMMITTEE MOTION:  Moved to take no action on the Article.