I could not believe my eyes while reading the story about the 60 inch water main break ("Fish killed after pipe bursts near San Mateo Creek" in the Feb. 13 edition of the Daily Journal). I hope I am not alone in my outrage and concern.
How can it be that fish die after being exposed to our drinking water? The opposite would make sense. Creek water gets into drinking supply, makes humans sick, but our drinking water gets into a creek and kills wildlife. It was not as if these fish were plucked out of the creek and placed in bathtubs. No, this was our clean drinking water that only partially diluted the creek and that was enough to have "caused the death of about 100 fish, including rare steelhead."
How many people are suffering health issues brought about by the chemicals designed to disinfect our water? If a diluted amount can cause acute toxicity in wildlife, who knows what a full non-diluted dose is doing to us.
Dr. Barry R. Canty
Half Moon Bay