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Council Considers Funding City Water for Residents With Contaminated Wells

Posted February 25, 2008

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— The Fayetteville City Council was to consider at its Monday night meeting how to pay for extending water lines to a neighborhood with contaminated wells.

The Public Works Commission has formulated a funding plan after council members approved extending water service to residents on Rim Road in August 2007.

Water lines will be extended to 14 lots, including seven that have contaminated wells, at a cost of $340,400. Each homeowner will be assessed $5,000 for water service, according to the PWC's plan.

The PWC also anticipates grants of $56,659 from the state Department of Environmental and Natural Resources and $45,000 from the North Carolina Rural Center.

Benzene seeped into the groundwater near the intersection of Old Raeford and Rim roads years ago from leaking underground tanks at a former gas station, state environmental officials said. The leaking tanks were discovered in 1988, and residents tapped into two uncontaminated wells in the area.

In July, residents told WRAL they wanted the city to provide them with safe drinking water. Fayetteville annexed that area in October 2005 but had not yet extended water and sewer lines to it.

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  • whatelseisnew Feb 25, 2008

    The laws need to change. After an annexation you should not have to pay any city taxes until all the services are in place.

  • Mr. Keeping It Real Feb 25, 2008

    The city didn't have a problem annexing them for the tax base. What did the residents benefit from? They should pay to hook-up to the city water like the rest of us have to but the city should run the lines and go after the people/company responsible for the tanks leaking.

  • ms b Feb 25, 2008

    Although this is an unfortunate situation for those 14 households, I don't see why the city should be paying for this. The city was not at fault in the contamination. Does that mean the city should help pay for all environmental contamination?