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TCE Solution Impacting Entire Community


SALISBURY, Md.- Wicomico County officials are moving forward with a solution to the problem of tainted well water in two subdivisions.  The plan calls for hooking every home in the communities to Fruitland's public water system, whether the water in the home tested positive for TCE or not.

Maria Raffaele and her husband have been dealing with the reality of TCE in their private well water for about a year.  The levels of TCE are low, but they still take extra precautions.

"They're giving us bottled water. So that we cook with and whatever but we are still washing the dishes and showering, you know, but as little as possible," said Raffaele.

Hooking up the homes in the Morris Mill and Coulbourne Woods subdivisions to the public water system from Fruitland would provide the safe and clean water, but with the price of a new water bill. A bill that some neighbors feel they don't need because their water has not tested positive.

"It's very frustrating. I mean, you're on a fixed income. I am still working, my husband is retired, but we are still on a very very fixed income so here we have to budget for this bill," said Ruth Jones of Salisbury.

"That's what I am getting upset about, because I don't need it.  I bought this house because it feels like the country, nice quiet neighborhood and I have a well and I love the well water," said Sam Brown of Salisbury.

County officials say to get all of the necessary funding from the state - every home in the impacted subdivisions need to be connected to the public water system.  Officials estimate a monthly water bill of about $40 to $80.  Members of the public wishing to voice their opinion about the project can do so at 6 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center in Salisbury.

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