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December 24, 2008 THE VILLADOM TIMES III • Page 5
Connection to public water currently under review
A proposed ordinance that concerns some Saddle River
well users’ connection to the public water supply when they
sell their homes has been tabled for review. The Saddle
River Council will reportedly revisit the issue in January
after the council, residents, and the Department of Envi-
ronmental Protection work out the ﬁ nal provisions.
At issue is the use of private wells in the area of Burning
Hollow, Stone Wall, and Cameron roads. In the mid-1990s,
the DEP found 26 private wells in that area were contami-
nated with VOCs, or volatile organic compounds.
Borough Administrator Charles Cuccia explained that
approximately 90 homes would be affected. He said resi-
dents have a choice whether to use their own wells or to
connect to the public water system. He said residents will
always have a choice. However, he said the DEP has said
that if a resident in the affected area who is still using a
well decides to sell his or her home, the new owner would
come into the public water supply. The goal, he said, is to
protect new homeowners who might not be familiar with
the history of the area.
Cuccia noted that a water line was recently added in the
area for ﬁ re ﬁ ghting purposes.
TCE and PCE – tetrachloroethylene, were detected in
1994 when Saddle River requested residents test for vola-
tile organics in their wells. Any amount over one part per
billion is the DEP Bureau of Safe Drinking Water’s mea-
surement for dangerous levels of TCE. At that time, the
borough contacted the NJDEP, which monitored, tested,
and responded to the problem.
As an interim solution, the borough installed POET
(point of entry treatment) systems in certain homes with
wells. POET systems are ﬁ berglass containers ﬁ lled with
carbon to absorb contaminants in wells. Subsequently,
the DEP established the New Jersey Spill Fund to provide
money for 20 years of treatment. The borough’s goal was to
devise a long-term plan for providing safe, potable water to
In 2005, New Jersey Spill Funds were dwindling, and
the DEP offered to fund the construction of public water
lines. The borough had said the homes’ wells were “vertically
contaminating” the soil, possibly causing movement of a
plume from Burning Hollow to East of Route 17, where
another area is designated as contaminated by the DEP.
Additionally, the borough discussed how the POET systems
could not ﬁ lter out such harmful contaminants as arsenic
and how United Water’s system could protect against all
types of contaminants.
Three years ago, Burning Hollow petitions indicated
that 38 residents supported the conversion to public water,
while over 18 homeowners wanted to stick with their well
water. Some who favored the connection to United Water
said they would prefer to leave the testing to the water com-
pany, rather than pursue testing for the private wells.
Some residents opposed to the switch pointed out that
United Water uses chlorine. Another concern was the
amount of water available and whether Saddle River would
have to comply with strict water restrictions in the summer
months. In addition, residents maintain it is cheaper to
maintain their own well system, rather than pay for public
water use, including testing, and, if necessary, upgrading
their POET tank(s).
Gala tickets offered
The Upper Saddle River Educational Foundation is now
selling discounted tickets to its annual gala fundraiser,
Town Night Out. This event, to be held at The Estate at
Florentine Gardens on March 6, 2009, will include a three-
hour cocktail party featuring international food stations,
a premium open bar, and a lavish Viennese Table. Town
Night Out will also feature entertainment and an auction.
The entire community is invited.
Tickets purchased on or before Jan. 5, 2009 will be
offered at $210 per couple. After that date, the tickets will
be $230 per couple. Tickets are available at the Upper
Saddle River Library or by contacting Maria DiMartino at
The USREF is a non-proﬁ t community supported orga-
nization dedicated to enhancing the quality of education
in the USR public school system by providing funding to
support exceptional and extraordinary educational and cul-
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