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County Will Engage Legal Firm to Address Contamination

Jun 7, 2021, 12:00 PM by Claudia Sievers

The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners voted this morning to engage an outside legal firm to assist in their efforts to address contaminated water in the southern portion of the county.

“Our residents deserve clean water, not water contaminated by man-made chemicals,” said Chairman Charles Evans, during an afternoon press conference.

“Developing a long-term financially sustainable water system that will address GENX contamination is one of this board’s top priorities,” Evans said. “We need funding to build and operate that system and we are hiring a legal team to help with securing that funding.”

The County has been in discussion with Chemours for about 18 months about funding for a public water system to address contamination of private wells in the area around the Fayetteville Works facility, County Manager Amy Cannon said.

It is projected to cost about $64 million to build a water system in the Gray’s Creek area, Cannon said.

“We had hoped to be able to resolve it to our mutual satisfaction. At this point, we believe the next step is to hire a legal team to assist us with funding,” Cannon said.

Commissioner Toni Stewart, who lives in the Gray’s Creek area, said her neighbors are worried and concerned about their health. 

“Ultimately the sooner we can get a public water system in place the sooner we can mitigate this serious public health issue,” said County Attorney Rick Moorefield. 

In January 2020, Cumberland County commissioners unanimously approved setting aside $10.5 million specifically for continued exploration of extending water through a phased approach to the areas with contaminated water. The first phase would extend public water to Alderman Road and Gray’s Creek Elementary Schools. 

You can watch the press conference at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYayzQJEH4k.

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