FRUITLAND, Md. - The investigation continues into contaminated water in the Fruitland area. In late July, the chemical called TCE was found in the water of private wells around Morris Mill Road, the Coulbourne Woods Subdivision and part of Anthony Lane.
WMDT spoke with the County Health Department, who tells us that residents should still be cautious. They should be using bottled water to drink, cook and clean. The well water is okay for short showers.
So far they have not determined the source of contamination, but testing is still going on. According to the Health Department, "the next step of the investigation will be MDE installing monitoring wells to kind of trace back where the origin of this contamination is." They hope this next phase of investigation will start within the next 2-3 weeks.
MDE is providing water for residents at this time. Officials warn that in this particular situation, boiling water enhances the concentration of the chemical, so because of this, residents should use bottled water.