(Asheville Citizen Times) Residents living near a contaminated Superfund site in south Buncombe County are closer to connecting to city water following an agreement approved Tuesday night by City Council.
Council authorized the mayor to enter into an agreement with Buncombe County that would allow for the extension of water lines to 129 homes within a mile of the CTS site.
The agreement will allow Buncombe County to seek a $4 million loan to extend water lines to homes that are on well water around the former manufacturing plant.
“Tonight’s the beginning of that justice, and justice, for us, is going to manifest itself in something as basic as safe water, and hopefully safe air to breathe and ultimately the source (of contamination) being removed,” said Tate MacQueen, who lives near the old CTS facility off Mills Gap Road.
Buncombe County will pay for the lines to be installed, and the lines will eventually become part of the city water system. The city is also waiving some fees.
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