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Wicomico Co. Discusses Water Tower To Solve Contamination Issue

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WICOMICO CO., Md. - Nearly a year since her well was first contaminated, Farah Yaya and her family can now pour water with little worry.

This comes from a government-installed filtration system that eliminates contaminants in her well-water. But Farah admits this is not a permanent solution.

Wicomico County officials are proposing an $8 million water tower that would provide water to the 272 Morris Mill and Coulbourne Woods residents, free of the Trichloroethylene pollution.  

Wicomico County director of administration Wayne Strausburg says that because of the contamination for the two communities, the county is "trying to expedite a solution as quickly as we can."

That includes fast-tracking the plan, according to Stausburg, hoping to get as much funding as possible by Labor Day and complete the project 18 months from now. Strausburg says Morris Mill and Coulbourne Woods residents, who currently pay no water bills will pay 1.5 times what Fruitland residents currently pay. The tradeoff is no sewer bill, says Stausburg.

Yaya agrees with the plan, saying it will help with the diminishing property values already seen in her neighborhood.

"One neighbor tried to sell their property, but real estate and the city would not take his property," said Yaya. "I will definitely be willing to pay whatever the cost is.

"That's the price we have to pay ,we have to pay. It's not something we caused, but somebody else's mistake. We have to take care of that."

Strausburg admits that the project may not come together if all residents aren't on board. A tentative community meeting is set for September.

Wicomico County officials also provided an update to the Doe Run water contamination at Thursday's meeting at the Chamber of Commerce. Officials say that the 1,2-Dicholorpropane is believed to have seeped into the well-water after it was used on a former strawberry farm.

The Maryland Department of the Environment continues to monitor the situation, but officials 200 feet.

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