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To the Editor:

I moved to Hot Springs 11 years ago, because of the “endless” supply of healthy, pure spring water in the area. Drinkable water is more precious than all the gold, uranium and oil still in the earth. No life can live on our mother earth without water.

I am very concerned about the 9,000 gallons per minute or 12.95 million gallons a day for 20 years, Powertech is asking the State Water Board to permit them to mine and process uranium. The mining and processing is proposed for the Dewey/Burdock area northwest of Edgemont in Fall River and Custer Counties. The bath tubs in our homes hold around 40 gallons of water and we all know how many minutes it takes to fill a bath tub.

The State Water Board Hearings for the Powertech water permits will be in Rapid City, starting on Oct. 7, at the Ramkota. Call Governor Daugaard at 605-773-3212 and tell him we don’t want our precious, life-sustaining water to be given away free, at 9,000 gallons a minute, for 20 years.

It’s all about the water.

Sarah Peterson

Hot Springs

Editors Note: This letter was originally published in the Hot Springs Star on July 23, but is being republished with corrections made to some data and also a date. The Star apologizes for any confusion.

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