Ravenswood Water: Safe?

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It's a problem that has dated back at least to the late 1990's, the discovery of tetra-chloro-ethelene in three of the city's drinking water wells.

Zelda believes her daughter has suffered ill effects from drinking the water.

"There's a lot of old people here dying from something," says Zelda Conley. "They say it's cancer, I believe it's caused by this water."

But another resident believes in the city's ability to fix the problem.

"Whatever problems we have here, I believe the city has tried to be on top of them," says Phyllis Bibbee. "Evidently, I believe it's more than we can handle. I really greatly appreciate the taxpayers backing us up and helping us."

Ravenswood is far from being the only community to have this problem. The city of Vienna replaced a pair of contaminated wells just a few years ago, and in the late 1980's, the city of Marietta discovered contaminants in some of its water wells. The source of those contaminants was never found.

From bottled water-to-water filters, residents have found ways to deal with the situation.

"We have water softeners, so we don't notice too much," says Louise Gorrell. "Once in a while, we'll notice it'll taste different and smell funny."

In all, nearly 8,000 persons in Ravenswood and nearby Silverton are served by the Ravenswood Water System.