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Wake County officials urge testing of private wells

Posted March 11, 2013

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— Do you know what's in your water?

Authorities are urging residents with private wells to find out as part of National Groundwater Safety Awareness Week.

During its meeting Monday, the Wake County Board of Commissioners discussed with county health and environment officials the importance of residents to check their water supply on a regular basis.

Part of that discussion surrounded the contamination found in more than a dozen serving homes along Stony Hill Road near Wake Forest were found this fall to have dangerous levels of trichloroethylene, or TCE, a degreasing agent that environmental officials said likely came from electronics plants that used to operate in the area.

The state estimates there may be more than 2,500 sites that have contaminated groundwater in Wake County alone.

That's why, Greg Bright, groundwater program supervisor with Wake County Environmental Services says, it's important for property owners to be sure their well water is safe.

"The purpose of National Groundwater Awareness Week is to get citizens thinking about their well and not just forget that it's there," Bright said. "It needs to be maintained and checked just like any other system in your house."

Wake County Environmental Services, in conjunction with Wake County Human Services, offers water sampling of private wells.


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  • superman Mar 13, 2013

    emaleth With the cost of the test I have a choice I can drink the contaminated water or starve. If Wake County does the test why do we have to pay extra for a person that we are already paying. We are lucky that that our house was built in a wooded area and if is contamined it would have been done by the pilgrims or the Indians.

  • mhamilton23 Mar 12, 2013

    You should would feel differently if you lived off Stony Hill Rd. The testing is not too expensive given the value of the information you may uncover. Also, people will come test it for you so it is done correctly, at the well and not at the faucet. Please get your water tested.

  • geosol Mar 12, 2013

    The government has NO BUSINESS trying to protect our citizens from toxic waste!!!! Corporations know what's best for us and can be trusted to do what's right at a far lower cost.

  • davidgnews Mar 12, 2013

    They don't mention specific charges associated with testing, as it's apparently not a free service. That's ok, it's a great idea, but the county site is all over the place with fees and whatever the article is trying to match here.

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Mar 12, 2013

    Ours is terrible! 7 or 8 x higher than the EPA recoomends for lead. Not good. But we use a filer and/or drink bottled water.


  • cybermil Mar 12, 2013

    I agree with superman, the story would have been a lot more useful if more details (web links) on how to get your water tested, where and how much it costs. The costs are a little excessive in my opinion, almost arbitrary, since modern test equipment can do many tests at the same time in a few seconds to minutes. Bacterial tests take longer and I can understand the increase in costs for those, but still the costs are high.

  • meeper Mar 12, 2013

    Sounds like a great job for the Democrats to me. They're trying to take over every aspect of our lives, so the testing should be required at our expense. Then raise taxes to cover the expense of hiring new county employees to handle it all.

  • WageSlave Mar 12, 2013

    This is what happens when companies are not carefully monitored and we do not watch out for the environment. If a company can get an economic advantage by dumping waste, some will do so and leave the others, more responsible ones, at a competitive disadvantage. Thats the future that the GOP with their fracking and deregulation have for us. They will have the money to move away from their mess......will you and your kids?
    Grand Union

    Well yea look at Sodium Fluoride. It is a toxic waste/poison, yet the State is BUYING it and putting it in your drinking water.

    Hitler loved the stuff, because his scientist found that when put in the concentration camps water supply it made the prisoners very docile,

    Even your great motherland has banned Sodium Fluoride us in public systems, along with many other countries. One, because it is a poison and two; because the risk do not outweigh the unproven results of strong teeth.

    But America, having the FDA firmly in the checkbook, keeps on drinking

  • emaleth Mar 12, 2013

    It also would have been helpful to let you know how much it costs (at least in Wake Co.) to have your water tested. I had this done recently and still have my cost sheet. The costs add up quickly. Here is the cost breakdown:
    Bacteriological test: $25
    Inorganic compounds: $50
    Lead: $20
    Nitrate/Nitrite: $25
    Arsenic: $20
    Iron/sediment: $20 The following must be collected by the county, and there is a $50 fee per trip: VOC's: $50 Pesticide: $50 Herbicides: $50 Radionuclides: $50

    You have to collect the samples in an approved container from the county, and then drive them down to the lab next to wakeMed Raleigh.

  • superman Mar 12, 2013

    Would have been helpful if they had gone a little further with this post and detailed how to get your water tested.