State intervenes, Wilson County town could face fines over discolored water

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The state is stepping in to make sure the water quality in a Wilson County town improves.

In a Sept. 28 letter CBS 17 obtained, the Department of Environmental Quality said it received complaints about the water, and it appeared the treatment in place isn’t removing or controlling the levels of iron and manganese.

The letter stated Lucama must submit a plan of action.

“This is our life. This is our livelihood, so we have to do something about what the water,” said Lucama Commissioner Patricia Uzzell.

If it’s not fixed, the town could be fined up to $25,000 a day.

“I am a very optimistic person. I believe that we’re getting the ball rolling,” Uzzell said.

As for the next steps, the town has a little more than a week to submit its status report, and those reports will continue until the issue is resolved.

“I ask the questions, and I keep saying I always ask big questions, but I always get small answers,” Uzzell said. “I can go to the town hall, I get no answers. But as I find out, as I learn what’s taking place I will reveal it, because nothing should be concealed.”

Tiffany Fragoso has lived in Lucama for a few years, but lately she said she’s been collecting samples of the water coming from her faucet.

“I wanted proof to show people that this is what we have, this is what we’re living with. We need some kind of fix, and it needs to be now,” Fragoso said.

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