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Drinking Water A Growing Concern For Ellendale Community

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ELLENDALE, Del. - Residents within the Ellendale community voiced their growing concerns over their drinking water conditions tonight.

Members of the town's Community Civic Improvement Association held a press conference at the Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church to address the issue. Association officials say hundreds of homes in the community have nitrate in their water that is above the recommended level, possibly due to septic issues. In some areas, including mobile homes along Old State Road, residents reportedly cannot drink the water at all.

"They have to buy their water or boil their water, they just cannot use the water back there," says Loretta Benson, executive director of the Community Civic Improvement Association.

After fighting the issue for more than 10 years, residents are hoping the state can do something about it.

"People are poor and without resources, political resources as well as financial resources, and perhaps feel a bit marginalized," says Iona Smith Nze, pastor of the Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church. "I'm hoping that someone will come to Ellendale here to address the issue."

Officials with the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services say they only regulate drinking water coming from public wells, not private wells, like those in Ellendale.

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