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New well water contamination concerns Wake Forest residents

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WAKE FOREST -- Earlier this year, well water at about 14 homes off Stony Hill Road tested positive for the carcinogen Trichloroethylene. But last week just down the road on Mangum Hollow Drive, nine homes were found to be affected by the same chemical.

"We're just curious if we should be concerned," said Wake Forest resident Heather Esslinger.

As EPA officials went door to door Monday in the Mangum Estates community, some nearby residents wondered if they might get a visit as well.

"The new incident is close to home. Our wells are right across the street from one each other. I'm scared it's going to travel," said Wake Forest resident Karen Curtis.

Curtis says her well was last tested six years ago when she and her husband first moved in. She hopes to have it tested again this week.

"You want to know what's in your water and if you're healthy. I've always lived on well water and never had any problems or anything like this," said Curtis.

And she isn't the only one planning to get her well tested as soon as possible.

"The second incident is closer so that's why we just want to go ahead and better be safe than sorry," said Esslinger.

An EPA official said they could neither confirm nor deny there was a connection between the two areas where the TCE was detected. The EPA plans to conduct more testing in the coming weeks. It's testing that residents hope will provide more answers into what is in their drinking water.

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