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Changes recommended to fix Wake Co. water problems

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Wake County Commissioners are taking a closer look at contaminated drinking water after WNCN uncovered dozens of wells with dangerous levels of a cancer-causing chemical. 

On Monday, the man in charge of the county's water quality made recommendations to commissioners on how to go about fixing the problem.

At a work session, Wake County Water Quality Director Britt Stoddard told commissioners said commissioners should implement an outreach program to notify residents about contamination sites and to promote voluntary well testing.  He also said it's time the county hired a hydro-geologist to monitor well problems.  That's something Mecklenburg and Guilford Counties have already done.

"We've made a pitch for one and it will make it's way through the normal evaluation process as everything else does in the budget," Stoddard said.

WNCN also asked North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary John Skvarla about the issue Monday.

"We need to make sure people are notified, and right now they are not being notified and obviously Charlotte Huffman of your station was the one that has been tremendous in bringing that to the fore," Skvarla said.

Derick Waller

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