NoDa: Neighbors concerned about water contamination

NoDa: Neighbors concerned about water contamination

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by RICHARD DEVAYNE / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on July 16, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 16 at 6:20 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Corrin Harper is concerned about recent tests made by the Waste Management division of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. 

The concern from Harper and some others who live nearby is that their living space could also be contaminated-- including her drinking water.

“Someone comes over you're like, ‘you want a glass of water, no, no you don't,’” she said, “The bigger concern is all the people who've lived here for the last 10, 15 years.”

Harper has lived at the Highland Mill apartments on North Davidson for more than a year. She said a note on her door makes her wonder how much longer she will stay at the trendy mill style apartments which range from $900 to $2,200 per month.

“I’m a little nervous, a little nervous. We were planning to stay here for a while; don't know that that's going to be the case,” Harper expressed.

The state said the contamination does not affect the drinking water and the apartments get their water from CMU so they have no problems.

“The ground water and their pipes never meet,” said Cathy Akroyd from the Division of Waste Management, “Their drinking water is absolutely safe.”

As part of the Dry-Cleaning Solvent Cleanup Act, the Division of Waste Management conducted the study because of a request made by a local contractor.

The results of those samples taken by the state show low levels of contamination in the ground soil at a location, near the apartments where a dry cleansers once stood.

An animal hospital is now in that location.

A spokesperson for the state said that they are conducting air samples in the apartments of residents, and have already taken corrective measures at the animal hospital to make sure the levels are reduced to an acceptable level.

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