Duke Energy Ordered to Help Residents With Contaminated Well Water

McDowell County officials are investigating and testing the water following a large fish kill in the North Fork River.
McDowell County officials are investigating and testing the water following a large fish kill in the North Fork River.

North Carolina has ordered Duke Energy Progress, Inc. to provide residents of an Arden home with clean drinking water. The order comes after tests revealed the home’s private well was contaminated.

The home is located between the French Broad River and Duke Energy Progress’ coal ash storage facility for its Asheville Plant in southern Buncombe County. It was one of five water supply wells tested by state officials. This one home was the only one to test unsafe. Officials say samples indicated the presence of iron and manganese in concentrations considered by federal standards unsafe to drink without filtration.

“Getting clean drinking water to this residence is our highest priority at this point,” said John Skvarla, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. “We are confident that Duke Energy Progress shares the state’s commitment to protect public health and North Carolina’s environment.”

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources gave the utility company until November 15th to find the residents an alternative source of drinking water. The company will also have to install offsite monitoring wells to determine the type and extent of chemical contamination in the area, and provide DENR with an assessment plan by December 8th.


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