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Henderson County Commissioners Pledge To Help With Contaminated Wells

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Henderson County Commissioners told residents that they will do what they can to help with wells that have been contaminated. Henderson County Commissioners told residents that they will do what they can to help with wells that have been contaminated.

Henderson County Commissioners told residents in the Dana community that they will do what they can to help with wells that have been contaminated by pesticides.

According to our news coverage partners at the Hendersonville Times-News, commissioners voted 4-0 to authorize County Engineer Marcus Jones to apply for a $300,000 grant from the Rural Center's Clean Water Infrastructure Program. According to the Times-News, the grant would help extend public water lines from the city of Hendersonville to the community. The expected cost of the project would be about $600,000 with the balance coming from other grants applied by the city.  

The newspaper reports that Hendersonville City Utilities Director Lee Smith said that the city is not eligible for the grant because it already received $500,000 from the rural center to extend a emergency raw water line from the French Broad River to its water plant. Smith said there is no local match of funds from the county.

Thus far, testing from the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources has shown that 23 of 60 wells along Academy Road and Meadow Woods Drive have high levels of pesticides that are above state health standards for groundwater, the newspaper states. Four of those also show elevated levels of heptachlor expoxide.

To read the entire article from our news coverage partners at the Hendersonville Times-News, click here.

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