(08/01/2002)
Grantsville dentist Dr. Lynn Gilbert is upset, alleging problems with the quality of public water in Grantsville, writing her complaints in a letter to The Calhoun Chronicle.

Dr. Gilbert said "I have lost confidence in the public water supply," saying the Grantsville Water Company has "complete disregard for public health."

The dentist, a defeated candidate for the Calhoun Commission in the May primary, says "Meanwhile, I'm drinking bottled water." Angry after a water line break on July 16, she said "No one had the decency to notify me," regarding loss of service.

Mid-Ohio Health Department sanitarian Marlin Zwoll said he doesn't know of any problems with water safety within the Grantsville Water Department.

Zwoll said he believes Grantsville's water engineer "Dave Johnson and his crew take their job seriously, and take all necessary precautions."

Gilbert, a Harvard graduate, said "My background in public health taught me this is a serious problem for the elderly, newborns and the infirm," concerned that a boil water advisory was not issued.

Zwoll said he believes Johnson followed the necessary procedures.

"I believe the public water system is safe."

"These actions are deplorable and should be addressed by town and county officials who are responsible!" she said. The Town of Grantsville owns the local system, while two public service districts, Pleasant Hill and Mount Zion, purchase water from them. The Calhoun Commission does appoint members to the PSD boards.

Dr. Gilbert has not made a formal complaint to the Calhoun Commission about the Grantsville system, although the county is not responsible for its operation.

Gilbert's letter is on Page Two, Calhoun Chronicle July 18, 2002


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