North Carolina has the third highest proportion of population relying on well water, which can be contaminated and lead to gastrointestinal illnesses, neurological disorders, and reproductive issues. Many majority black neighborhoods are excluded from the “well-funded” municipal system including 3,800 resident sin Wake County. Frank Stillo and his advisor Dr. Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson from UNC’s School of Public Health tested well water from 57 homes with 65% of them testing positive for at least one of the three tested microbial contaminates. They have begun testing for lead in these wells and have discovered that 8 of the 29 samples contain elevated levels, which can be detrimental to childhood cognoscente development.  Read more »

 

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