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Groundwater Contamination in Wicomico County Community

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SALISBURY, Md.- Another Wicomico County community has private wells with contaminated ground water.  Officials with the Wicomico County Health Department say eight wells in the Doe Run subdivision near Salisbury contain low levels of 1,2 dichloropropane.  This contamination, according to officials, is not connected to the TCE that was found in the Morris Mill community.

The home of Mike Diller on Jackson Road, just outside of the Doe Run subdivision, had a level of dichloropropane of just over nine parts per billion.  Health officials say five parts per billion is the maximum contaminant level.

"When they called yesterday they said they would have water delivered today so there will be a couple cases of water coming and then there will be a whole house water filter that will be installed within a couple weeks," said Diller.

Nineteen homes were tested, most of them in Doe Run, and eight tested positive for dichloropropane.  Five of the eight with levels higher that the maximum contaminant level.  The county health department will soon be testing more wells in the neighborhood.  So far, no source for the dichloropropane has been found.

"It's a volatile organic compound used in a variety of applications throughout the years.  It is an industrial solvent currently used to make other chemicals.  It was used in paint varnishes as well as soil fumigant," said Dennis DiCintio, director of environmental health for Wicomico County.

The first priority for the health department is locating any more contaminated well before a long-term solution to the problem is formed.  Diller said that so far, he is happy with the steps taken to protect his family.

"I'm comfortable with the solution they've got," he said. "I can't imagine what type of long-term solution is going to solve the underlying problem of what's in the groundwater but whole house solution certainly takes care of it and it makes sure everything we drink and use water for is going to be safe."

Long-term exposure to much higher levels of the compound can result in health problems, but health officials believe that because these levels are so low, no problems should arise.

Residents with questions or concerns about their water should contact the Wicomico County Health Department at (410) 546-4446.

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