Letters to the editor: Kidston lowballs aquifer study cost


I am a resident of Steuben County in Indiana. I have helped spearhead the effort to educate my county on the Michindoh aquifer. While I understand the need of your area to seek alternative sources of water, I disagree with your assessment that water is cheap. I consider my water priceless and not for sale.

I have attended a lot of meetings over the last couple of months, the most recent being a presentation by hydrologist Jack Wittman in Angola, Ind., and a village council meeting in Montpelier, Ohio. Ed Kidston was present at both of those meetings. At the Montpelier meeting I had to stand and listen while Mayor Kidston hand-picked the facts from the Wittman talk he wanted to present to the council. I was not allowed to speak as I am not a resident of Montpelier.

Yes, Jack Wittman said for around $30,000 he could analyze any findings from tests conducted by Ed Kidston. But he also said to get a complete picture of our aquifer we need an overall study, which could run in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Who pays for all these studies?

It is a sad day in our country when I am faced with extra taxes so you can have cheaper water and Ed Kidston can make a profit. Our water is getting more expensive the longer this whole fiasco drags on. The people looking for a different water source need to look at the cost to the residents that use the aquifer before just looking at cheaper water. Steuben County is called the land of 101 lakes. I would like to keep it that way.

Susan Catterall
Hamilton, Indiana

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