Manure contaminates wells and causes neighborhood children to get sick

May 21, 2013

MARCELLUS, N.Y. — Fifty-six families were advised to boil their water for nearly three weeks after the spread.

MARCELLUS, N.Y. — The spread of manure on a nearby field in Marcellus, N.Y. ended up contaminating wells and sickened neighborhood children, according to The Post-Standard.

Chris Sgouris, a local resident, has spent $6,000 for water since the manure spread contaminated his well and two others on his road.

Sgouris, who typically gets his water out of the ground for free, said, “It's a real pain when you have to think about water all the time.”

Fifty-six families were advised to boil their water for nearly three weeks after the spread, while officials tracked the source of the contamination, noted the article.

The Department of Environmental Conservation investigated the contamination and traced it back to an area farm. They are trying to figure out how to prevent future contamination.

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