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Trailer Park Well Contaminated; City Water Tapped

Posted September 18, 2007
Updated September 19, 2007

— A well that provides water to a mobile home park south of Wake Forest is contaminated, and the problem could force the owner to close the development.

The state Division of Environmental Health has found high levels of combined radium, a naturally occurring radioactive element that is usually found near uranium deposits, nine times in the past two years in the well that serves Ponderosa Mobile Home Park.

Consuming combined radium over several years has been known to cause cancer, state regulators said.

Raleigh has granted the trailer park, located off Capital Boulevard near New Falls of Neuse Road, an emergency tap into the city system to provide water to the 75 residents.

Trailer park owner Rusty Kelly said he was aware of the contaminated well water and said he had notified tenants of the problem and encouraged them to use bottled water.

But Karen Lee said she has lived at the Ponderosa Mobile Home Park for more than five years and has never been told of the contaminated water.

"My son and I, we drink a lot of water. I can't afford to to go out and buy bottled water, so we're drinking from the tap," Lee said.

Kelly is responsible for paying for the emergency tap and also could have to add sewer service to the 41 lots in the trailer park. He said the sewer service could cost more than $1 million, which might force him to close the development.

The city has temporarily waived the issue of adding sewer service for Ponderosa Mobile Home Park.

"It's just scary to get up and think maybe you have to move or start looking for something or finding the funds to do it. That's the hard part," Lee said.


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  • sunflowerbliss Sep 20, 2007

    It was not revealed that the water was contaminated until the story broke. The people in the park should have been notified at once. This is their lives they are playing with but it look like they didn't care who they were hurting children, pets or adults. I live in a beautiful mobile home and I am very proud of my home. My mobile home is built just like a home as far as the products, insulation, etc. I use to live in a 2050 sq.ft. country style home and you know I am the same person now just like I was when I had my home. NO DIFFERENCE!!!!!! I work everyday and I pay my bills and don't ask anyone for nothing and you know I can walk with my head held high!! You don't judge a person by what he/she lives in until you put yourself in their shoes. There are some beautiful mobile homes for sale and you know they cost as much as a house now days.
    You can buy water to drink but what about cleaning, baths/showers,etc.
    A lot of people open their mouths before they think and their words hurt

  • sbish Sep 20, 2007

    I know someone who lives at Ponderosa. They are not trailer trash. The current owners have not kept the park up and have known about the problem. He didn't want to spend the $100k to fix and now he claims it is $1m. As for buying water that is fine for drinking but what do you do about showering, washing dishes, washing clothes... The owner has been looking for an excuse to sell the land to developers so I hope the land is too tainted.

  • Here kitty kitty Sep 19, 2007

    con amor, you really don't want to know. Trust me... :)

  • nolyinghere Sep 19, 2007

    by the way, I"m done with this rediculous group of trailer trash, seems my time could be better spent doing just about anything.

  • nolyinghere Sep 19, 2007

    nolyinghere, someone so full of insults must be full of unhappiness.

    Underwrite a mortgage? It would seem that the land itself is usually worth more than the trailer. Financing the trailer would be like financing a car. It depreciates and is not permanent. Unlike you, I get all warm and fuzzy when I see people upgrade their cans for two story homes.

    Now, that is about the most ignorant thing I have ever seen in relation to mortgages. Did you go to the Forrest Gump school of finance? what a loser

  • nolyinghere Sep 19, 2007

    I am so glad that my Yankeeness is still easy to pick out, I do not want to ever be called southern, that would be a terrible insult.

  • bluedevl... Sep 19, 2007

    It's axle grease I tell ya!!!!

  • nisa-pizza Sep 19, 2007

    Going by the comments here I never would have guessed what the story was about! Anyone have comments of the story itself?

  • bluedevl... Sep 19, 2007

    It's all that axle grease running into the ground thats causing the pollution.

  • Con Amor Sep 19, 2007

    How did this change from a post on poisoned water,to a mobile home fight?