Residents without Metro water hookups forced to use well water - WSMV Channel 4

Last residents without Metro water hookups forced to use dangerous well water

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Sixteen homeowners along rural Hoggett Ford Road in the Hermitage area of Davidson County have no garbage pickup, fire hydrants, and drinkable water.

Maria Urtubees and 15 other homeowners along the Hoggett Ford Road corridor get their water from five wells that dot the area. Recent testing of the well water by the Metro Health Department shows the water is not safe.

"Some wells have tested positive for E. coli bacteria and coliform, which is not a good thing," said Urtubees.

Urtubees told Channel 4 News about the only thing residents can do with the well water is bathe. But Metro Health says that can be dangerous as well. Hoggett Ford Road is the only area in Davidson County without Metro water hookups.

The area was orginally serviced by Cumberland Utility District, but then Metro took it over and the utilitiy never provided the upgrades for the homeowners.

Metro water services sympathizes with the homowners, but a spokesperson says they can't install water lines to homeowners along Hoggett Ford Road, because it's a private road. 

"If Metro Water Services were to install water service lines in this private road, it benefits a small group of private residents. It's the current water rate payers who will be paying for that improvement," said Sonia Horvat of Metro Water Services.

Urtubees says she and the other homeowners are paying taxes like everyone else and not enjoying the benefits.

"If they don't want to give us water, why am I paying taxes? We just want water," said Urtubees.

Councilman Bruce Stanley who represents the district, is fighting to get water lines installed and drinkable water to residents along the road.

"These wells have forced the resident along Hoggett Ford Road to buy bottled water, and thats unacceptable," said Stanley.

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