Northern Cumberland County residents told of arsenic in water


Officials said testing shows the arsenic levels in wells exceed the Environmental Protection Agency standards. In some cases, the arsenic was 300 times the EPA acceptable safe level. Health officials say the higher levels come from deep wells.

They've recommended that the water not be used for drinking and cooking, unless a water treatment system is installed to remove the substance. The water may be used for washing, cleaning, bathing and showering.

Local health officials have distributed flyers warning residents about the problem. The county is looking at alternatives including providing municipal water to the residents.

Citizens should direct their questions to the Health Department at (910) 433-3692 or (910) 433-3688; or to the state Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch at (919) 707-5900.

People who live in the Bullard Circle community are invited to a public meeting at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Long Hill Elementary School at 6490 Ramsey Street, in Fayetteville on Thursday, March 20 to talk about the problem. State and local health officials will be on hand to answer residents' questions.

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