Groundwater Infected With E-Coli

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It’s a problem that won’t go away for one Warrick County neighborhood. The groundwater continues to test positive for E-Coli. According to Warrick County officials, homeowners may be forced to pay to fix it.

It can be pretty costly. These are individuals in mobile and single family homes. The Warrick County Health Department will soon mandate that the problem will have to be fixed. Now residents are wondering who will pay for it.

There are 60 lots. Some are full and some are vacant. But everyone’s groundwater is the same, infected.

“Everybody that moves in here knows what it is before they move in here and they know what it is while they’re living here,” Gary Lester said. 

The groundwater at Lee Acres is contaminated with E-Coli. Chandler Utilities Public Works Director Rob Coghill says there is no sewage system.

“They need to have sewers or they need for the county to get very serious about cleaning up the best they can with the septic system,” he said.  

Warrick County Commissioner Don Williams says this neighborhood has had sewer problems for years. He says at one point the county was looking to fix the problem. 

“We were looking at putting a sewer system in,” he said. “Chandler was going to be our partner it was a $1.125 million project. I think Chandler was only coming up with $270,000 of it.”

But Williams says they waited too long.

“The prices changed from $1.125 to $1.9 million which is a price tag that the county cannot do,” he said.

Williams says since the county can’t afford a sewer system, homeowners with a septic tank problem will have to pay for it themselves. Gary Lester says this can cost up to $5,000.

“If they wanted that done they should have done it right from the start,” Lester said. “I didn’t buy this place with the option of having to put a sewer line in and I’m not going to.”

He says he won’t be forced to have to put in a sewer line and it’s something residents shouldn’t have to foot the bill for.

“If they push it to the point where iI have to move out, I’ll totally move out and it will sit here empty until I’m dead,” Lester said.

The E-Coli strains are just in the groundwater, not drinking water. This means that there is no boil advisory in effect for customers.

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