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Merrimack To Vote On Putting Public Water Utility In Town's Control

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Merrimack residents will vote this month on giving the town control of their water utility.

It comes after two years of struggle with contamination in local wells, likely stemming from local plastics-maker Saint Gobain.

Laurene Allen co-founded Merrimack Citizens for Clean Water, and says the local public water company's board hasn't been transparent about its dealings with the polluter.

Her group has three proposals at the town's annual meeting about the utility, asking for town leadership to begin managing the utility directly.

“It will give the town and the residents the opportunity to negotiate on their own behalf, or make demands of Saint Gobain that they think is [sic] fair and reasonable, and get some answers,” she says.

Whatever the outcome of the March 27 vote, she says the proposal will probably face another vote next year before it’s finalized.

Annie has covered the environment, energy, climate change and the Seacoast region for NHPR since 2017. She leads the newsroom's climate reporting project, By Degrees.

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