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Ellendale Neighbors Push For Public Water System

Posted: Sep 12, 2018 9:48 PM -04:00 Updated:

ELLENDALE, Del.- Some neighbors living in Ellendale say they've been experiencing murky and contaminated water in some of their private wells.

Now, the county is considering changing from private wells to a public water system.

Some in neighborhoods like New Hope say the change may help make the water safer due to stricter regulations.

Betty Sampson, who's been dealing with the issue for over a decade now says the water is so bad, she refrains from drinking it, and struggles to do household chores. 

To wash her clothes, she takes them to the laundry, which she says can be costly.

"We need the water, we do, you can't wash your clothes, you can't cook. When you take a bath, your skin smells like rust, it's bad," Sampson said. 

Though many others told WBOC the same thing, others in the New Hope area disagreed and said they didn't experience this with their water. 

People like Destiny Hansen says her water is fine, and she prepares bottles for her children, bathes in it, and drinks it. 

Hansen says changing from well water to a public water system may be too costly. 

"Most of the families in our neighborhood can't afford another bill," Hansen said. "We have seven kids in our house at all times. The cost of adding an additional bill to that could completely break us in the long run," she said.

Though residents have differing opinions, residents will be able to decide the fate of the water system by voting on the proposed water referendum on Sept. 15.

Referendums have been proposed in the past, though it hasn't passed. Last year, neighbors voted against the public water system in a 120 to 107 vote. 

This year's vote will be held at Philadelphia Pentecostal Holiness Church in Ellendale beginning at 9 a.m.




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