A resident of the Chapel Hill Church Road area — located less than a mile from the contaminated former CTS of Asheville site — has taken the case for putting residents of the area on municipal water to the public, with a 3-minute YouTube video outlining her plea.
In the video, Patricia Pinner calls on Buncombe County to pay for the cost of running municipal water to residents currently served by wells in the Chapel Hill Church Road area, where, last September, a well tested positive for high amounts of trichloroethylene, a possible carcinogen. While the residents served by that well received city water within a week, the county has declined to provide water for other residents on the same road, asserting that there’s no proof of an imminent health risk.
“Many of our neighbors have been battling the CTS contamination site for 20 years,” Pinner says in the video, recorded Jan. 19. “We consider ourselves very much in an imminent health risk situation,” adding that she believes cases of cancer near the stream are connected to the contamination.
Pinner asks citizens to call the offices of Buncombe County Manager Wanda Greene and Asheville City Manager Gary Jackson to tell them extend municipal water to the residents free of charge.
The full video is below.
—David Forbes, staff writer