July 7, 2010 - The borough will start to help residents of an east side neighborhood whose properties have tested positive for a chemical shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals.
At least three residential properties on David Street, a small road with seven homes off Gail Drive, which intersects with Union City Road near the Naugatuck Industrial Park, have tested positive for dangerously high levels of a colorless fluid called tetrachlorethylene, or PCE. It is used to degrease metal parts, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified it as a Group 2 carcinogen, meaning it probably causes cancer in humans.
The Board of Mayor and Burgesses on Tuesday took the first step in putting those residents on the public water supply. The board voted 6-0 to waive a bid process for installing the well. The vote means the borough will pay the Connecticut Water Co. $35,000 to install a public water line on the street.