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High arsenic levels found in Lebanon wells

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An unhealthy amount of arsenic has been found in several wells in Lebanon, where dozens of people are affected.

The scariest thing is that people in Lebanon were drinking, bathing, and cooking with the water for years.

It was a random survey that actually caught the levels and detected the problem.

Michelle and James Webb said their well is spewing out water with the highest amount of arsenic in town.

“My family is me, my husband and my three year old son,” Michelle Webb said. “The limit is 0.01 micrograms per liter and we came back with 0.15 milligrams per liter, way off the charts,” she said.

The problem was discovered by a group of UConn researchers who conducted a random survey last summer.

It was up to the townspeople to volunteer, and around 60 people did, and the results were stunning.

Bill Warzecha from the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said he is handling the fallout.

“It really looks to be a naturally occurring problem,” Warzecha said.

They said that problem lies in the bedrock, as high levels of minerals with arsenic were found in the rock formations where the wells were dug.

The highest amounts were found on Hoxie and Waterman roads, home to the Webbs and close to Pride’s Corner Farm.

“It's the biggest farm in eastern Connecticut. And I have the highest well in all of eastern Connecticut. As you go down the road, all my neighbors get lower,” Webb said.

The state said their tests don’t show the farm is to blame.

On Thursday night, dozens packed the fire hall to learn what could be done and they learned the solution won’t be easy or uniformed because each well is on private land.

The Webbs are now renting a reverse osmosis system and buy bottles of water until they can find a permanent solution.

“I have a kid, he's everything to us. That's what I worry about with the arsenic. This could be poisoning my child,” Webb said.

More tests will be conducted and if a person or company or farm is found responsible, they will be held accountable for the costs.

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