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2003 News from Mecklenburg County

September 17, 2003

MECKLENBURG COUNTY WILL MONITOR WELLS
IN VICINITY OF FUEL SPILL

Charlotte, NC - Mecklenburg County's Groundwater Program will collect water samples and monitor several wells in the vicinity of a fuel spill on Idlewild Road, in the eastern part of the County. The County was informed of the spill Wednesday morning and asked to evaluate the danger to drinking water.

The Groundwater Program says there is NO immediate threat to drinking water wells in the vicinity of the spill, due to the depth of the wells and the anticipated quick cleanup of the spill.  Groundwater staff will collect water samples from wells within a 1,500-foot radius of the spill and monitor the wells during the next six months to ensure water quality.

"It could be that long before a spill shows any impact on well water, if at all", says Lisa Corbitt, Groundwater Program manager. "We don't expect it will affect the drinking water in the area."

Citizens with questions or concerns about their well can call the Mecklenburg County Groundwater Program at 704-336-5789.

Mecklenburg County's Groundwater Program works to protect and preserve the County's groundwater resources by identifying wells, collecting water level readings, investigating potential contamination sites, and educating citizens on well protection and groundwater.



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