Taylor Hartley, Daily Tar Heel Staff Writer

A county survey of well and septic systems in a historically black, low-income neighborhood near the county landfill revealed contaminated wells that could threaten residents’ health.

Orange County commissioners were presented with the report, which assessed 11 wells and 45 septic tanks in the Rogers Road neighborhood, part of which is not connected to public water lines.

Of the septic tanks, two were in need of maintenance, 10 were non-compliant with septic tank standards and 12 were identified as “malfunctioning.” Five were called “end-of-life” failures.

Rev. Robert Campbell, an advocate for the community, thanked the Orange County health department for its work. “If we continue collaborating and forming a partnership, we can resolve this issue,” Campbell said.

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