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Opinion Letters Well testing detected water contamination

I would like to thank the Macon County Health Department for their efforts to ensure that the public has safe drinking water. An article appeared in the April 25th edition of The Macon County News advising well owners to regularly check their wells for lead and other contaminates. I am a healthy person and could not understand why I was experiencing digestive problems. I spent Easter weekend in the hospital because of a small intestinal obstruction. The doctors could not find an apparent reason for my condition and ordered further testing. I suffered from headaches, weakness, stomach pain, acid reflux and fatigue. The tests results showed inflamed stomach and stomach erosion. I decided to have the water tested and took a sample to the Macon County Health Department. Within 36 hours was notified of e coli and coliform bacteria contamination. I stopped drinking the water and within three days my stomach stopped hurting and within five days my headache was gone.

The Macon County Health Department was instrumental in determining the reasons for my health problems. Sadly, the real estate office did not inform me of these water issues. I later learned that previous tenants had experienced the same water contamination. Also the landlord failed to advise me of pending chemical treatments resulting in skin irritation and discomfort to me.

I am forced to relocate due to unsafe water. I am writing this letter because I do not want anyone else to experience the health problems and medical expense that I have incurred.

Janice Dobias — Franklin, N.C.


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