Residents seeking a solution to discolored water

Jul. 11, 2014 @ 06:40 PM

About a dozen Henderson residents came to Vance-Granville Community College Thursday evening to hear how they might be able to receive city or county water.

The information session held by Vance County Planning Director Jordan McMillen was directed toward city residents who live in the Dabney area where city water lines do not run and the county does not have plans to construct new lines.

Vance County Commissioner Tommy Hester, who was also present at the meeting, said the city applied for a grant last year to run water between Poplar Creek Road and Ruin Creek Road, but did not receive it.

“They have applied for another grant but what the problem with that is they don’t have any money to run lines down the side roads,” he said.

Hester said he hopes to work out an agreement with the city so that the county could fund water lines in the subdivisions, some of which are in the extra-territorial jurisdiction.

“I want to solve it now, not 10 years from now and I want to figure out a way to do it,” he said.

McMillen said he has heard from people who want municipal water and live between Ruin Creek Road and Poplar Creek Road, in areas such as Dabney Woods, Parrott Road, Wey Bossett Road, and the Carolina Pines neighborhood near Burning Tree Drive and Wood Trail Way.

“I know a lot of you are here because you want water,” he said, encouraging them to talk to their neighbors about signing up for county water. “It’s going to be a much better conversation with the city if we already have 80-90 percent of people signed up.”

James Nutt, who lives in the Dabney area, has been experiencing trouble with his well for the past several years.

“I have five wells on my property,” he said. “They are all hard water and they all create problems. I have had to install a water purification system so my wife can shampoo her hair and it won’t turn green.”

Nutt said two of his wells were recently struck by lightning, which cost him hundreds of dollars to repair.

Alan Norwood, who lives on West Ridge Road across the street from Nutt, said his family has had similar water problems.

He said he came to Thursday’s meeting because it was specifically targeted for Dabney residents who are in the same position he is in.

“My water is not good at all,” he said. “It’s been discolored for a long time. I’ve been under the impression that we had city water coming because of the way we are situated on U.S. 158, but it looks like there is a lot that needs to be decided between the city and the county first. The next thing I’m going to do is make sure everyone in my neighborhood is signed up.”

Contact the writer at smansur@hendersondispatch.com.