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Possible Plan for Contaminated Wells in Wicomico County

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SALISBURY, Md.- Late last year, residents of the Morris Mill and Colbourne Woods communities in Wicomico County found out they had the chemical TCE contaminating their well water. Some were forced to drink bottled water while others had carbon filters installed. The Maryland Department of the Environment believes it has pinpointed the source of contamination and has a plan to fix the problem, but it comes at a high cost.

MDE officials said they believe the contamination came from a farm site no longer in use near the intersection of Anthony Lane and Morris Mill Road, but they say no one can know for sure.

"We've lived on that road all my life, except for my first 6 years and nobody remembered any kind of dumping, whatsoever," said resident Susan Megargee.

Extending public water service to the area would be the best way to provide clean water but that would cost about $8 million.

"Actually I'm a little discouraged because I just don't see where they're going to come up with the funding and in due time they're going to come back with a large assessment on all of us, that's what I'm worried about," Bruce Wilson said.

Some residents are using carbon filters to clean their water but that isn't a long-term solution.

"It will take decades and decades for this thing to purge itself naturally," David Keosin said.

Some are worried the cost of the water lines will fall on the community.

"I'm afraid we don't have a lot of choices, if we deny it then our property value will be suffering and we'll probably be forced to do it but it's a little discouraging," Bruce Wilson said.

The MDE will be holding another meeting in a few months to update the community on the water line plan.

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