About 40 households in northern Durham County now have a permanent source of clean drinking water.
Officials announced the completion Thursday of a $2.6 million community well system in Rougemont. Residents have relied on alternate water supplied by the state since 1992, after it was discovered leaking fuel tanks from nearby gas stations had contaminated private wells.
“Nothing is more reassuring than being able to turn on the tap and know that you’re drinking clean water,” said Mark Petermann, who coordinated the Rougemont water project for the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality.
The state worked with the federal Environmental Protection Agency and Durham County on a permanent solution to Rougemont’s water problems and concluded that the most practical solution was to install a well field to supply a new community water system. Construction started in October 2015.
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“The success of this project is a testament to the results that can be achieved when multiple parties are determined to work together to solve a difficult problem,” said Bill Truman, the EPA’s Underground Storage Tank Regional Program manager.
Funding sources of the design and construction of the system included $125,000 from the federal leaking underground storage tanks cleanup fund; $600,000 from a state Department of Commerce Community Development Block Grant; $645,000 from the state leaking underground storage tanks commercial fund; and $1.3 million from Durham County.
The county will manage and maintain the system.