(ORLEANS) - Orleans Town Clerk Robert F. Henderson has announced that through the efforts of both his office and Town Attorney John-Paul Isom the town has recently received $12,413.66 for the town's water works from a nationwide settlement of two class action suits involving Atrazine, the most widely used herbicide in the United States.
Orleans was among over a thousand other community water systems with detectable levels of Atrazine submitting claims for remediation costs.
There was evidence of Atrazine in the town's water supply dating back to the mid-1990s when the town operated its own municipal wells.
"We had only very small traces, but not a real high concentration of it," said Henderson.
When the town offices received a notice of the lawsuit last fall for cities and towns that had the herbicide in its water supply, Henderson contacted Isom asking him to pursue whatever needed procedures required to include the town as part of the settlement.
The money, which has been deposited in the town's water department fund, can be used for basic water related operations.
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