FREDERICK, Md. (AP) – Residents of five Frederick homes near Fort Detrick may finally have clean tap water after getting bottled water shipments supplied by the Army for the past 10 years.
The Frederick News-Post reports that the Frederick’s Board of Aldermen will hold a public hearing May 5 to address a request by Fort Detrick’s U.S. Army garrison to connect the homes to the city’s water supply.
In 2005, the Army Corps of Engineers found chemical pollutants in three residential wells along Kemp Lane.
Residents of five homes along the street have been receiving shipments of bottled water for cooking and drinking ever since.
Fort Detrick spokeswoman Lanessa Hill says the Army is paying $62,000 to connect the homes to municipal water. The water shipments cost the Army about $2,700 per year.