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Contaminated Water In Bartholomew County

Last updated on Saturday, June 1, 2013

(COLUMBUS) - There has been considerable concern about the safety of drinking water after the Environmental Protection Agency said it is considering adding a portion of Garden City to its list of Superfund sites.

Keith Reeves, Director of Columbus City Utilities, says tests have indicated the presence of Trichloroethylene, or TCE, in Garden City's ground water.

Residents in that area are not connected to the city's water system, as water is delivered through private wells. Reeves says city water is safe and that wells located just south of Garden City have not been affected by TCE.

Reeves adds that the city officials have tried repeatedly over the years to get Garden City residents hooked into the city water system, but they have been unsuccessful.

He says there are a number of factors that make it difficult to get service extended, including cost and the fact that the city would need near unanimous consent from Garden City residents to make the change. Reeves adds that the cost to extend water service would need to be willingly absorbed by Garden City residents.

For more on the Environmental Protection Agency and its Superfund, visit www.epa.gov/superfund

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