City Commission candidates answer about water safety
ELECTION 2019
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Four candidates are running for two seats on the Dayton City Commission this November. For our online voters guide, we asked them about issues important to the city and the region. This week we are taking a look at their answers. The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 7.

Early voting starts Oct. 8.

Q: Do you believe the city has done enough to protect Dayton’s water since the water main break earlier this year that caused the loss of 150 million gallons of treated water? Matt Joseph: The water in Dayton is safe to drink. We have one of the most comprehensive water protection plans in the nation and work with the Ohio EPA to constantly monitor our water system for contamination.


The most important thing we can do now to protect our water is to encourage the federal government to step in and take action to address the recent threat from fire-retardant chemicals. 

We will continue to urge them to put in place the framework and resources to clean it up, while continuing to share information and cooperating with all our partners in the region.

Shenise Turner-Sloss: Given the amount of detailed information that has been made available to the public, I do not believe the city has done enough to protect Dayton’s water.

Water is a community’s most precious resource; therefore, the city need to invest in back-up generators for all of the well fields and pumping stations. Furthermore, we need to take expert recommendations rather than default to fiscal recommendations.

Chris Shaw: Despite the challenges we have faced this year both with the water main break as well as the Memorial Day tornadoes, Dayton water is safe to drink.

We are using every resource available to us to monitor the water and make sure that it is safe. We work with the Ohio EPA to verify the quality of our drinking water and ensure that there is no contamination.

Additionally, we are continuing to encourage the federal government to address the recent threat to our water supply from fire-retardant chemicals through providing additional resources to the region.

David Esrati: No. And I’m not sure we’ve been told the truth about how and why the break happened yet, nor what the real cost to the city was.

Our pipes are lead — just like Flint, Michigan. We’re not working hard enough at fixing some of our fundamental problems. I believe the rise of the PFAS contamination comes from our loss of large scale industrial users of water that has helped our water table rise and leach surface contaminants into the aquifer.

It’s time to find new high volume water users to replace Delco, Delphi and others to help use more water.

DAYTON COMMISSION RACE

This week: Each day this week in the Local section, the Dayton Daily News looks at where the candidates stand on issues such as the economy, water safety, downtown and neighborhood development and more. You will be able to see all the candidates’ answers in our interactive voters guide starting Oct. 8 at vote.daytondailynews. com.

Candidate forum: The candidates for Dayton City Commission will take part in a forum on Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. at the main branch of the Dayton Metro Library, 215 E. Third St. The forum is sponsored by The League of Women Voters, UpDayton, Dayton Daily News, WHIO TV and Radio and DATV. The forum will stream live on DaytonDailyNews.com and WHIO.com and air at a later date on DATV.

Register to vote: The deadline to register to vote in the November election is Oct. 7.