Meriden residents demanding answers after water quality violation; city defends response

MERIDEN —  The phone rang steadily in Robert Peter’s office Tuesday and Wednesday with calls from concerned residents wanting to know if their drinking water was safe.

Peter is the city’s water and wastewater superintendent and he notified nearly one-third of city residents that their drinking water had been contaminated for several months.

”They are not used to us receiving a violation,” Peter said at his office on Evansville Drive.  “They want to know if you can drink the water. It’s a contaminant that can cause a chronic health problem.  You might have a health problem if it’s long term if you’re drinking a lot of it for a long duration. I've been drinking it. I fill my water bottle with it, I drink it in my coffee.”