Reliable, high-quality drinking water is essential for healthy living and a strong economy. Leominster’s natural resources provide the potential for everyone to have great drinking water, but that is not currently the case. The annual water report provides a few snapshots in time about the safety of our water, but when you see or smell something notable coming from your tap and discoloring your clothes and tub, it is natural to have many questions. These are questions that should be answered and made broadly available to the public so everyone can make well-informed decisions before investing in expensive home water filtration devices or paying for bottled water. As with many New England cities, most of our water and sewer lines were installed long ago and are in need of repair if not a full replacement. We need to have a clear, publicly-available timeline for inspecting and repairing/replacing these underground pipes. Leominster residents--as well as the city government--can reduce their energy costs by installing more solar, updating HVAC systems, weatherizing buildings, and installing electric car-chargers with the help of one-time stimulus dollars. By using more renewable energy, and less energy overall, we can reduce our carbon footprint and help slow the pace of climate change.
Additionally, we need to have a comprehensive climate action plan so we can reduce emergencies and property damage caused by the more frequent and intense weather events. By maintaining wetlands and other low-lying areas as simple parks or open space rather than paving or building on them, that land can function as temporary retention ponds. Maintaining existing and planting new trees in developed areas is another simple way to reduce flooding from intense storms.
Spending time outside in public natural areas is a great way to get exercise, learn about the natural world, and meet new people. Leominster is fortunate to have many parks, playgrounds, and trails, as well as community gardens, a city-owned orchard, and soon, a 4.5 mile rail trail! Managing these properties with financially- and ecologically-sound practices is key to their success. When the time comes for major repairs and updating, we will make no decisions before there is significant community input so that each public place reflects the evolving needs and hopes for our city.
Contact Committee to Elect Andrea Freeman 431 Pleasant St, Leominster, MA 01453 (978) 728-3787