The Daily Tar Heel reports that people living in the Rogers-Eubanks community, which is located near the Orange County Landfill, are worried that their well water is contaminated. Although tests have deemed the water potable, Carl Purefoy told reporter Evan Rose that his well water is swirled with an orange-tinged sediment. Purefoy and many others aren't convinced the water is safe to drink. They wonder whether health complications ranging from common colds to kidney failure are linked to contaminants originating from the landfill.
The article notes that Chris Heaney, an epidemiology doctoral candidate at the University of North Carolina, is conducting tests to compare the results of private well water testing with tests on the landfill's monitor wells. If the analysis finds that there are similar chemicals in both then residents would have the proof they need to show that well water contamination is coming from the landfill. That doesn't bode well for the residents for two reasons. First, the landfill pollution includes chemicals that pose risks to the elderly or those with health problems. Second, many of the residents can't afford the fees associated with getting public water.
Unfortunately, this isn't unusual. Landfills are often located near low-income neighborhoods. When groundwater contamination seeps into the well water, few can afford the clean substitute of public water. Interestingly, Chris Heaney, the epidemiology doctoral candidate involved in testing the groundwater near the Orange County landfill, also wrote a paper comparing water assistance programs for low income families in several states.
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