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Possible Solution for Morris Mill/Coulbourne Woods TCE Problem

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SALISBURY, Md. - Wicomico County is moving forward with a project aimed to create a solution for the contaminated water problem in the Morris Mill and Coulbourne Woods subdivisions.  Officials say hooking up homes to public water is the best way around the TCE problem.

During Tuesday's county council meeting, four potential solutions were presented: do nothing, install individual point of use systems, build a community water treatment system, or hook up homes to a public water supply.  County officials believe the last option is the most feasible.

"I think that they have promised that to us all along.  That they would continue the discussion and actively search for a solution, a long-term solution.  So I am glad to see they have indeed kept their word and are working on it," said Arlene White of Salisbury.

White is one of several people to be outfitted with a carbon filter system to remove the contaminants from her water.  Moving forward, the plan appears to be to connect the homes in the impacted area to the public water supply from the city of Fruitland.  The eight million dollar project would build new water lines and the county has budgeted money for each home's individual hookup to the new lines.  But in order to get the grant money for the project, every home in the impacted area, not just those that tested positive, must be connected to the public water supply.  It is a factor that Anita Brown of the Morris Mill community is torn over.

"I am concerned about helping my neighbors, but at the same time, I am concerned that if my water never has TCE in it, having an expense of a yearly bill for water that I don't really need," Brown said.

County officials anticipate the water bills would be anywhere from 40 to 60 dollars.  A water tower would also be built in the community to help with water pressure.

A public comment session will be held on October 14th at 6pm at the Civic Center for neighbors looking to voice their opinion on the project.

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