Study: Neighborhoods in rural Wake County are drinking contaminated water

by Neecole Bostick, originally posted on December 5, 2016


A new study conducted by UNC researchers showed some predominately African-American communities in Wake County lack access to the municipal water system and have higher quantities of contaminants in their well water.

These neighborhoods, known as donut holes, are surrounded by nearby predominately white neighborhoods that do have municipal access.

Contaminants in their well water include E. coli and bacteria associated with human fecal matter. Nearly 30 percent of the well water tested in the study contained coliform bacteria.

 Jacqueline Gibson, head author of the study and associate professor in the Gillings School of Public Health, said the neighborhoods are not included in any city limits, and thus do not have access to any municipal services.
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