Rowan to provide water to community near Duke coal ash pond

More people near coal ash pits told not to drink their water (Image 1)

SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) — Rowan County commissioners have agreed to provide water to a community that has been using bottled water since state regulators said their wells were contaminated.

The Salisbury Post reported (http://bit.ly/29he2pF) the commission’s vote Tuesday was unanimous.

The new water system could provide safe drinking water to the Dukeville area, where people were told last year their well water was unsafe to drink. State officials found high levels of some metals that may be associated with coal-ash ponds at Duke Energy’s nearby Buck Steam Station.

County officials say it could cost nearly $5 million to provide service to the area. It’s unclear whether Duke Energy will be required to pay for the waterline extensions.

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Information from: Salisbury Post, http://www.salisburypost.com

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