Marion Residents Voice Health Concerns About City Water


By Alabama News Network

From the West Alabama Newsroom--  Some Marion residents are concerned about the safety of the drinking water in the city.

One of the city water wells was shut down after too much of a cancer-causing agent was found in the water.

Marion Mayor Anthony Long says water from the well was found with high levels of Radium 226 and 228 back in April. Long says the city immediately shut down the well -- notified residents -- and is continuing to test and treat the water.

"You can tell the action the city has taken that we're not trying to do anything that's going to endanger the citizens, and we are going to do what's right and we're going to try to get this well where we can use it again," said Long.

Marion resident Eddie Perry says he's concerned for his health because of the water and doesn't want the well ever put back in use.

"The particular contaminant that's in that water is a form of gas that over a long period of time will cause cancer of lungs, cancer of skin, melanoma, liver, those type problems over long term, so I feel like we don't need that threat in the community as far as drinking water," said Perry.

Long says the water system is tested every month and is also monitored by the state to make sure it meets acceptable standards.

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