Webster Co. Residents Upset Over Sewage Contaminating Water Supply
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on January 13, 2013 @ 12:10AM
Created on January 12, 2013 @ 8:18PM
The neighborhood in Bergoo, Webster County may look like your everyday neighborhood, but this community is dealing with something major. Their water supply is being contaminated by the local sewage system and this problem could wind up causing health issues.
"We're trying to get it fixed so we have a new system so we can get the sewage to stop running into the streams. And hopefully it will stop running into our well systems," said Libby Hamrick, Community Member.
Many community members said it's just ridiculous that they have to go through this.
"It's the 21st century. We should, here in the state of West Virginia in Webster County, have good clean water and sewer system and right now we have neither one," said Sonny Hamrick, Community Member.
Webster Springs isn't the only one being affected by this 83-year-old sewer system.
"We have over 50 houses that are running directly into the stream. That's what they're making their coffee of out of the capitol is this water right here. It's unfiltered so this sewer runs straight into the stream," said George Clutter, Sanitarian for Webster County Health Department.
The Bonnett Family has to walk a quarter of a mile down the road to fill up tanks to bring water to their house.
"It contains E-coli which can be deadly in some cases. It can make you very sick," said Kathy Bonnett, owner of a contaminated well.
"We have no water. I'm hauling the water to our house to take a bath and wash our clothes," said Chuck Bonnett, owner of a contaminated well
The Bonnett's are the only one's who have gotten their well tested so far, but all of the people in the neighborhood are planning to do so.
"We haven't been using our well at all. We've just been using jug water since our well has been smelling for a long time," said Mickey Payne, Community Member.
The County Commissioners said they have been trying to get this system fixed for quite sometime but now with the rise in health concerns they're trying a little harder.
"We're sixth out of a hundred and some projects so it looks good. We're going to try to speed that process up," said Chuck Armentrout, Webster County Commission President.
The people of Bergoo are hoping the system gets fixed sooner rather than later.
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