Middlebrook Well Shut Down

By: Mike Mueller
By: Mike Mueller

Following a routine check up at the Middlebrook well, county officials were shocked at what they discovered.

"Over the past week there was a very rapid deterioration of the ground water and that concerned us and the health department," says the Augusta County Service Authority's Ken Fanfoni.

That decline in the area's groundwater quality has now led to the un-tapping of Middlebrook's only well.

"We've shut down temporarily because of concerns of contamination in the ground water supply," said Fanfoni.

That has many local residents concerned.

"Yes I’m concerned," says resident Meg Weekley. "We do purchase our drinking water but of course we do use the tap water."

But the authority says don't be, health is not the issue here.

"We don't really have a concern for the health of the people that are getting this water supply but rather the quality of the ground water before we treat it," added Fanfoni.

Water is being brought in from other areas. The work could take up to three months to complete. Residents using wells independent of the one in Middlebrook are urged to call the Augusta County Health Department.

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