30 Apr '15, 5pm

Duke Energy to provide bottled water in North Carolina where water too polluted to drink

More than a year after a broken stormwater pipe leaked dangerous coal ash into North Carolina’s Dan River, area residents are still faced with limited access to clean water. Eighty-seven property owners in North Carolina have received letters from the state’s Department of Environmental and Natural Resources informing them that their well water is no longer safe to drink or cook with . Recent testing found that groundwater supplies are polluted with toxic byproducts from the 2014 spill. Coal ash in the water is responsible for unsafe levels of chemicals such as vanadium—which causes respiratory problems—and the carcinogen hexavalent chromium to seep into groundwater. Duke Energy has not yet conceded that their pits are the source of the pollution, but the company has offered to provide bottled water to households that have received a notice from the state.

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/duke-energy-to-provide-bottled-water...

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