Letter: Use hospital money to improve water qualitySetting aside $2 million from the sale of the Worthington Regional Hospital for water quality projects makes good sense.
By: Kirk Schnitker, Champlin, Worthington Daily Globe
Setting aside $2 million from the sale of the Worthington Regional Hospital for water quality projects makes good sense. Worthington’s forward-thinking city council should be encouraged to dedicate this amount for water and health reasons.
The Worthington Regional Hospital has served most residents for many years. For me that was many years ago, as I now only have Worthington roots. As a hospital that served our health, it makes good sense that funds from its sale would do more of the same. We all know water quality and health issues go hand in hand, and many of our governing bodies have great focus on water quality as it relates to our health.
Whether it’s rural water, runoff issues, or industrial and ag discharge issues, our policy makers are focused on this crucial issue. Because we have many areas in southern Minnesota where our ground water is unhealthy to drink, it would be prudent for the city council to dedicate this money to water quality activities. Such would be consistent with how this regional hospital served us for so many years.
Funding opportunities like this to serve long-term health needs don’t often come along. This council, I believe, will be applauded in years to come to dedicate these dollars to this purpose.