Officials Identify Cause Of Fruitland Area Water Contamination - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Officials Identify Cause Of Fruitland Area Water Contamination

Posted: Updated:

WICOMICO CO., Md. - Septage dumping, the outdated practice of getting rid of septic waste on a farm field in the Fruitland area is believed to have happened from 1952 through the mid 1980s.  That's how Maryland officials say TCE got into the groundwater, but residents who turned out to Tuesday night's meeting appeared less concerned with how it got there, and more concerned with what happens now

Susan Megargee, a realtor, is afraid of how this could effect her business, "we have a property there that has been rented, the owner knows it's gonna be very unlikely because of their inability to state the actual effect that you could get another tenet in there."

With the contamination so extensive, officials say cleaning up the 4,000 foot long contamination area isn't feasible.  An engineering consultant for the city of Fruitland developed an $8 million project to connect the effected neighborhood to the city water supply.

The project would install 38,780 feet of water main piping in a loop around the area, require a 500,000 gallon capacity elevated water storage tank, serve 256 existing residents, and 16 undeveloped lots.  According to officials, the funding just isn't there.

According to a report from MDE, the organization can only provide up to $1.5 million in grant money, leaving the a $6 million funding gap.  Officials don't know where they'll find the remainder of the funds.

Health concerns were also a major topic of discussion at Tuesday's meeting.  Prolonged exposure to TCE can cause cancer.

"We do worry," says Dr. Clifford Mitchell with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, "the reason that we set a very low level for drinking water is because of the long term cancer risk in the population.  Other than that, I would not expect any significant health effects."

Carbon filters have been placed on 38 of the 284 homes tested, to make the water safe for drinking and bathing, which the EPA has agreed to pay for upkeep until the end of this November.  Then MDE will have to take over the nearly $1,200 per filter per year cost.

Officials hope to know within the next few months how much the state of Maryland and other government bodies will be able to contribute to that $8 million proposal.  Another community meeting will likely be scheduled sometime later in 2013.


 

  • Local NewsDelmarva HeadlinesMore>>

  • UPDATE: Delmarva Restaurateur Passes Away On Mission Trip

    UPDATE: Delmarva Restaurateur Passes Away On Mission Trip

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:43 PM EDT2014-08-20 18:43:47 GMT
    DELAWARE - A Delaware restaurateur has died while on a mission trip to India. Matt Haley, a James Beard winner, has reportedly died after a motorcycle accident while on a six month mission trip in India
    More >>
    DELAWARE - A Delaware restaurateur has died while on a mission trip to India. Matt Haley, a James Beard winner, has reportedly died after a motorcycle accident while on a six month mission trip through India and Nepal. Governor Jack Markell released the following statement after hearing of Haley's passing. "Carla and I are devastated by the loss of our friend, Matt Haley.
    More >>
  • UPDATE: Delmarva Restaurateur Dies In Motorcycle Accident Abroad

    UPDATE: Delmarva Restaurateur Dies In Motorcycle Accident Abroad

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:42 PM EDT2014-08-20 18:42:20 GMT
    47ABC- Popular Delmarva restaurateur Matt Haley is in critical condition after a devastating crash during a six week mission trip through India and Nepal.More >>
    47ABC- Popular Delmarva restaurateur Matt Haley is in critical condition after a devastating crash during a six week mission trip through India and Nepal.More >>
  • Maryland Man Charged With DUI After Reported .22 BAC

    Maryland Man Charged With DUI After Reported .22 BAC

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:21 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:21:15 GMT
    WEST OCEAN CITY, Md. - Police say alcohol was to blame for an early morning hit and run crash. Maryland State Police - Berlin Barrack says with help from Worcester County Sheriff's Office Deputies, they responded to Bowline Lane in West Ocean City for a reported hit and run collision. Once on scene, Troopers and Deputies found that 30-year-old Ryan Orndorff, of Clarksville, Maryland, was driving a 2008 Ford pick-up truck, when he hit another vehicle while trying to park.More >>
    WEST OCEAN CITY, Md. - Police say alcohol was to blame for an early morning hit and run crash. Maryland State Police - Berlin Barrack says with help from Worcester County Sheriff's Office Deputies, they responded to Bowline Lane in West Ocean City for a reported hit and run collision. Once on scene, Troopers and Deputies found that 30-year-old Ryan Orndorff, of Clarksville, Maryland, was driving a 2008 Ford pick-up truck, when he hit another vehicle while trying to park.More >>
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Homeless Sex Offenders

    Homeless Sex Offenders

    DELAWARE - Individuals featured in this slideshow are NOT wanted. They are sex offenders who have registered with Delaware State Police as homeless. These are public notifications.More >>
    DELAWARE - Individuals featured in this slideshow are NOT wanted. They are sex offenders who have registered with Delaware State Police as homeless. These are public notifications.More >>
  • Man In Custody After Alleged Hit And Run In Stolen Car

    Man In Custody After Alleged Hit And Run In Stolen Car

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 7:55 AM EDT2014-08-20 11:55:46 GMT
    EASTON, Md. -  Easton Police say an Anne Arundel County man is now behind bars after he allegedly committed a hit and run in a stolen car in Talbot County.According to reports, Marquis Crossen, 21, ofMore >>
    EASTON, Md. -  Easton Police say an Anne Arundel County man is now behind bars after he allegedly committed a hit and run in a stolen car in Talbot County.According to reports, Marquis Crossen, 21, ofMore >>
  • UPDATE: Delmarva Restaurateur Dies In Motorcycle Accident Abroad

    UPDATE: Delmarva Restaurateur Dies In Motorcycle Accident Abroad

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:42 PM EDT2014-08-20 18:42:20 GMT
    47ABC- Popular Delmarva restaurateur Matt Haley is in critical condition after a devastating crash during a six week mission trip through India and Nepal.More >>
    47ABC- Popular Delmarva restaurateur Matt Haley is in critical condition after a devastating crash during a six week mission trip through India and Nepal.More >>
  • ContestsMore>>

  • VP Shoes Back to School Contest

    VP Shoes Back to School Contest

    Friday, August 15 2014 12:02 AM EDT2014-08-15 04:02:20 GMT
    Winner announced on WMDT 47 News at 12PM on 8/22/14 No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Odds of winning dependent on number of entries received. Contest Dates: August 15, 2014 – AugustMore >>
    Winner announced on WMDT 47 News at 12PM on 8/22/14 No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Odds of winning dependent on number of entries received. Contest Dates: August 15, 2014 – AugustMore >>
  • Teacher Who Makes A Difference

    Teacher Who Makes A Difference

    The WMDT 47 Teachers Who Make a Difference Contest is Sponsored by Accurate Optical: "Encouraging children of all ages to come in for an annual eye exam to help them see better in school." Each month weMore >>
    The WMDT 47 "Teachers Who Make a Difference" Sponsored by Accurate Optical Encouraging children of all ages to come in for an annual eye exam to help them see better in school.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WMDT. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.