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Wake to study neighborhood's loss of water

Posted March 14, 2011

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— Wake County plans to study private wells in a north Raleigh neighborhood next month to determine if a public water company is contributing to dropping water levels.

Four of nine private wells serving homes along Norwood Oaks Drive went dry last fall, leaving residents without any water. Preliminary data from environmental inspectors pointed to pumping by Aqua North Carolina, which has large community wells nearby, as a possible reason for the lower water table.

County officials said in September that a large pumping source was drawing on the private wells between midnight and noon every day, a pattern that they said is consistent with utility companies' schedules. Inspectors requested information about Aqua's nearby pumping stations part of an investigation into well interference.

Aqua then offered to run a water line to the Norwood Oaks community, charging residents $70 each to hook to the line. Residents also would have to pay a plumber to complete the hook-up.

Residents appealed to county officials to block the water line until the county investigation was complete. Officials said Monday that they would start monitoring water levels in the neighborhood on April 4, and the study would last 30 days.

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  • kspotts Mar 22, 2011

    The follow-up story is that neighbors in Norwood Oaks were “blackmailed” into going on AQUA. If they did not IMMEDIATELY accept AQUA’s offer to run the line to the neighborhood (homeowners would pay from the road to their homes plus hook-up), the offer would be WITHDRAWN! Homeowners would face another summer without water, and then have to pay to run the line later (over $100,000.00). Therefore the county will probably do nothing about AQUA stealing their water, and selling it back to them, because the situation is resolved.

  • hjenks Mar 15, 2011

    Don't think you need to make a study.
    Looks simple to me. More people in Wake County than water

  • momeeee Mar 15, 2011

    Stealing their water then charging them to hook up to their service to pay for water every month. Just like a Corp!

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Mar 15, 2011

    Not sure you need muxh taxpayer "Study" on this. As a civil engineer, I knew that's what happened the first time I heard the story. The company should pay to make it right, not stick the homeowners with a bill to re-route thier water supply.

  • Bartmeister Mar 14, 2011

    Bummer...........