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Contaminated Drinking Water Feared In Ridgetop

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Could homeowners in Ridgetop be drinking and using contaminated water?

It's a question that has local residents concerned.

The problem first arose this past summer.

Apparently, it was a mix-up with the water pipes. A sewer line was mistakenly hooked up to a clean water line

But the problem wasn't discovered until last week.

"They should have at least let us know something," said Ronald Spencer, who lives in Ridgetop, which is about 22 miles north of downtown Nashville.

He said the he and other residents "have not been contacted whatsoever."

For weeks, Spencer claims he and his family have suffered different illnesses such as headaches, facial swelling and sores.

Now, he thinks he knows what's causing it all.

"It's just nasty," he said.

Spencer believes his family has been drinking sewage.

In a letter released last week, the White House Utility District explained how a Metro sewer line was mistakenly hooked up to a clean water pipe flowing into Ridgetop. The White House Utility District serves more than 29,000 customers in Davidson, Robertson and Sumner counties.

The mix-up occurred in July but it remains an ongoing issue.

"It was a shock to us and I'm not sure when it was discovered but certainly we would have expected or would have appreciated a phone call much earlier when something was discovered," said Danny Weeks, assistant director of Robertson County Schools.

He said the water line feeds into Watauga Elementary School in Ridgetop. The school consists of approximately 500 students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Administrators said they have been informed that the drinking water is safe. However, they plan to have an independent test done just as a precaution to ensure kids are safe.

"We're anxious to see what the results of that test are," Weeks said.

Officials with the utility district said numerous quality checks were performed on the lines before this issue arose and the water tested clean.

But Spencer is not so sure. He is convinced the water running into his home made him sick.

"They want to test it now and say it's fine well I know it's fine now ‘cause they fixed the problem," he said.

A spokesperson with the White House Utility District said this is the first time anything like this has ever happened.

They also plan to continue routine checks to ensure the water flowing into Ridgetop is clean and safe to use.

Utility district officials also said they haven't received many complaints about this problem. They said they've only received about four calls about water issues in that area since July.

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