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Possible Cost of Water for Those Impacted by TCE


SALISBURY, Md. - As Wicomico County moves forward with the plan for a solution to the problem of TCE in some private wells, the chemical continues to be found in more and more homes.

Out of 270 homes in the Morris Mill/Coulbourne Woods subdivision area, 91 of them have tested positive for TCE since late 2012.  Fortunately for Andrea Greiner and her family, their home is not one of the 91, but that doesn't mean Greiner is against having a new water bill in the near future.

"I am happy to hear that.  I mean, I don't want to have to worry about having TCE in our water in the future.  We just bought our house about 2 years ago, right before this was detected so, we are happy to hear that there is a solution and that its going to be good for everybody," said Greiner.

The county's plan is to connect every home in the impacted area to water from the city of Fruitland, whether the home has tested positive for TCE or not.  The means a new water bill for homeowners that have never had one before.  The county estimates, based on a gauge of 180 gallons per day, that homeowners could see a water rate of $73 a month.

"I am not worried about it.  I mean, we pay for our well and we've had to fix things with our well and we figure, we have to deal with the treatment system or pay for water, which is not a problem for us," said Greiner.

However, not everyone is on board with the new price.  Ruth Jones has never had TCE detected in her well and a new bill of over 70 dollars a month can get expensive.

"I think it is very high, especially for people on a limited income.  I mean, it is very hard to estimate how much water you're going to use per day, I just think it's horrendous, especially, like I said, when you have a well," said Jones.

$73 a month could be the price to pay for clean water in the near future in these subdivisions in Wicomico County.

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