Neuse Woods community is safe to use water - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Neuse Woods community is safe to use water

Posted: Updated:
RALEIGH, N.C. -

A Raleigh community is safe to drink their water after a WNCN investigation exposed toxaphene, a cancer causing pesticide in their community well water.

The Neuse Woods community, located near Poole and Barwell Roads, learned last month about the contamination.

Friday, the water company, Carolina Water Service Inc., announced it had installed a water filtration system to remove the pesticide temporarily.

Carolina Water Service is a subsidiary of Utilities Inc.

CEO Lisa Sparrow says the company is reviewing three options for a permanent solution and says they will meet the Sept. 30 deadline required by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Neuse Woods resident Woot Gibson says he can now rest easy.

"It's nice to know something is going to happen… These kinds of things can get swept under the rug because this is not exactly a neighborhood that's going to have the resources to make an issue of it," Gibson said.

Since learning about the water contamination from WNCN, Clean Water for North Carolina has made multiple trips to the neighborhood to inform residents and offer bi-lingual notification.

"They're paying for their water. That hasn't stopped. People's bills have not stopped. They have the right to that clean water," said Clean Water for North Carolina Executive Director, Hope Taylor.

Toxaphene levels have been present at Neuse Woods for years, but Carolina Water Supply was not required to notify property owners and take corrective action until a recent quarterly sampling showed levels had increased above the safety standard.

"So it was more important in this case that the company move quickly than if it was a contamination that was just beginning to show up," said Taylor.  

While the problem in Neuse Woods may soon be corrected Taylor says the battle against pesticide contamination is far from over.

"Pesticides have historical uses that we are finding in our groundwater today. It's really tragic the fact that that legacy is out there and that people who use ground water for drinking are always going to have to be watchful," Taylor said.

Charlotte Huffman

An award-winning journalist with an investigative edge, Charlotte has driven legislative change with reports on workplace safety concerns and contaminated groundwater. Contact our Investigative Team anytime HERE. More>>

  • 2 dead after ferry sinks off South Korean coast

    2 dead after ferry sinks off South Korean coast

    A government office says a South Korean passenger ship carrying about 470 people has sent a distress call off the southern coast after it began leaning to one side.
    Dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled Wednesday to rescue more than 470 people, including 325 high school students on a school trip, after a ferry sank off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two...
  • Roanoke City Police investigates armed robbery

    Roanoke City Police investigates armed robbery

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 1:43 PM EDT2014-04-15 17:43:33 GMT
    Roanoke City Police are investigating an armed robbery at Check Into Cash, which is located at Valley View Boulevard.
    Roanoke City Police are investigating an armed robbery at Check Into Cash, which is located at Valley View Boulevard.
  • Mountain View Terrace House Fire

    Mountain View Terrace House Fire

    Monday, April 14 2014 11:01 PM EDT2014-04-15 03:01:26 GMT
    Roanoke City Dispatch say fire crews are on scene, working to put out a house firein the 2100 Block of Mountain View Terrace.Dispatch says they received the call around 6:30 p.m.We will keep you updated as more information comes into our newsroom.
    Roanoke City Dispatch say fire crews are on scene, working to put out a house firein the 2100 Block of Mountain View Terrace.Dispatch says they received the call around 6:30 p.m.We will keep you updated as more information comes into our newsroom.
Powered by WorldNow

WSLS 10, P.O. Box 10
Roanoke, VA 24022-0010

Telephone: 540.981.9110
Fax: 540.343.3157
Email: news@wsls.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.