The following letter to the editor was published in the March 2,
2005 issue of the San Lorenzo Valley Press. It is reprinted here
with the permission of the author.
There was a small chemical spill recently at the Felton Water District.
Thanks to the location of the Water District office to our fire
station, Cal-Am employees received prompt and efficient help. The
Santa Cruz County Environmental Health Department also came out
and made recommendations such as the need to label the chemical
This accident did not result in any harm but it is illustrative
of the concern I have with Cal-Am providing one manager whose responsibilities
cover the Felton and Monterey Water Districts as well as with the
proposed further consolidation between Felton and the much larger
district of Monterey. I am also concerned about the safety of the
workers in the workplace: were the workers involved trained in chemical
handling? If chemical handling is part of their job, are they certified