A Pennsylvania township faces a shortage of clean water. A judge decided Wednesday that a natural gas driller will no longer have to provide Dimock Township residents with daily water supplies. Our Melissa Kakareka tells us how the City of Binghamton hopes to help.
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Eleven families in Dimock Township have needed daily water deliveries since a natural gas driller tainted their wells several years ago. But Wednesday was the last day that Cabot Oil and Gas was asked to supply those people with clean water.
"Literally these people have no water in their water buffalos. They can't bathe, do laundry," said Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection says the water is now safe to use, but Dimock residents disagree.
The City of Binghamton is one of many that have offered to help provide fresh water to the community.
"If they request it, I will take a truckload down every so often or at least one," said Ryan.
Some city council members disagree with the mayor's proposal. They say taxpayers cannot afford to help another town when Binghamton is already facing its own economic troubles.
"We've just had one of the biggest disaster in Binghamton's history. We have a hard time funding ourselves, our infrastructure is a mess, a hard time policing our streets. We just don't have money to fund another city," said City Councilman John Matzo.
But the mayor says providing people with clean water is the right thing to do, reminding the city that it wasn't so long ago that Binghamton needed the help of its neighbors.
"All the help we got during the flood, it's the same principle of people helping people," said Ryan.
It's a decision that will be made once the city receives the Dimock Supervisor's approval.
The township was supposed to decide whether or not it would request the aid Friday, but postponed the decision until its legal advisor became available.