I attended the recent Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors work session with the State College Borough Water Authority in which presentations were made and questions asked concerning the proposed Cottages development.
This is the first time SCBWA has been consulted on a proposed development for anything other than routine connection of water service. I was surprised by this and think members of the board should be commended for taking this step.
Supervisors asked water authority executives whether the risk of contamination by the proposed Toll Bros. development to the recharge areas of two of the water system wells was acceptable.
The executive said he felt better about the risks than he did six months ago, but he could not — even after hearing the results of various studies — determine whether the risk level was acceptable.
Afterward, the board seemed to remain in doubt about how to proceed.
As a regular consumer of SCBWA water, I want to help. I propose that the board grant approval for the development only if the senior executive team at Toll Bros., their families and their Penn State counterparts contractually commit to drinking at least three 12-ounce glasses of water drawn directly from the potentially affected wells every day for the next 20 years.
I am confident the logistics for delivery of the water and verification of consumption can be managed and think acceptance or rejection of the proposal offers the Ferguson supervisors useful information and a logical path forward in their decision-making process.