People affected by Jackson pipeline spill hear water options

CREATED Sep. 21, 2012

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JACKSON - People affected by a gasoline pipeline spill in Washington County are discussing long term options for water at their homes.

More than two dozen homes have had private wells tainted following the pipeline spill this summer in the Town of Jackson.  The company that owns the pipeline that spilled has said it will pay for a long term fix.

DNR Southeast Regional Director Eric Nitchke says that could include drilling deeper private wells, or tying into an existing or new municipal water system.  One question about using municipal water is about who would pay ongoing costs for the system.

Eventually the state, the Town of Jackson and the pipeline company will make a decision about which option makes the most sense.  Nitchke says they hope to have an option selected by Christmas.