As we face a looming public health crisis with the continued degradation of Monponsett Pond, and cyanobacteria counts growing more hazardous by the week, Brockton water officials continue to refuse to change their irresponsible practices that have defined their management approach for over five decades.

Fifty-two years ago, neighboring communities of Brockton came together, despite concerns, to provide a stopgap measure to supplement Brockton’s insufficient water supply during a time when drought left the city at risk of burning from fire.

Yet, as we face a looming public health crisis with the continued degradation of Monponsett Pond, and cyanobacteria counts growing more hazardous by the week, Brockton water officials continue to refuse to change their irresponsible practices that have defined their management approach for over five decades. In fact, they won’t even acknowledge their role, as dominant as it is. Recently, Brockton Water Commissioner Chair Ossie Jordan claimed that there is ‘no problem’ with water quality or quantity for residents of Brockton and challenged people to ‘get the right information.’ With that in mind, I’m writing this article to provide some important facts that he omitted.

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