To the editor:
For many years I have heard people say that the City of Syracuse is getting free water from Skaneateles Lake. I respond with, I am really glad that the City of Syracuse is watching over our beautiful lake and that I drink the water that comes through the Syracuse Gate House next to the Sherwood Inn, then through the village of Skaneateles water system and finally through the town of Skaneateles water lines to my home where my family and I can enjoy using and drinking water that is safe to drink without having to be filtered.
In the late 1950s I worked for two years for the Village of Skaneateles Electric & Water Departments, and since then I have had a very sincere interest in the protection of the Watershed to Skaneateles Lake. In 1996 I was elected town supervisor with a responsibility to insure that our customers continued to receive good quality water into their homes and businesses. As town supervisor I began to receive a wealth of information, much of it related to filtration and other methods of trying to provide water to users that had to be processed in some manner. before it was fit for consumption.
I had not been in office long before I received an invitation from the program chairman of the Skaneateles Lake Watershed Agricultural Program inviting me to attend their annual meeting. I was quick to accept the invitation because my interest in protecting the Skaneateles Lake Watershed dates back to one of my first part time jobs working for Paul Zechman emptying Privy Pails and carrying them down to the dock at Five Mile Point for the City of Syracuse Potty Boat to pick up. As a matter of fact I still have one of the original galvanized pails (only slightly used), which I keep as a souvenir. A lot of improvements have been made around the lake, thanks to the City of Syracuse.