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Wolcott mom raises concerns after lead was found in water

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A Wolcott mother found herself in a terrifying situation after learning the water at her family’s condo complex contained lead. (WFSB) A Wolcott mother found herself in a terrifying situation after learning the water at her family’s condo complex contained lead. (WFSB)
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A Wolcott mother found herself in a terrifying situation after learning the water at her family’s condo complex contained lead.

Some residents at Arrowhead by the Lake said they have been stocking up on bottled water, unable to trust what runs out of their faucets.

Resident Blerina Ferati said it has been a complete nightmare after learning her water contained elevated levels of lead, coliform and antimony, which is another chemical element.

"It was like a bullet in my heart. I didn't know what to do,” she said.

She immediately brought her 3-year-old son Eddie to his pediatrician to be tested, and thankfully his results came back normal.

But still, she said she is still taking major precautions.

"I'm still afraid and I do not use this water,” Ferati said.

Board members of the condo association said since learning of the problem last year, they’ve worked diligently to fix the issue, which has plagued the condo complex on and off for the past four years.

Richard Desmarais, vice president of the Arrowhead by the Lake Association, said "99 percent will be resolved this week. We installed a brand new water conditioning system last week. It's going to be tested this week and if it's approved by the Department of Health, all of the problems with copper and lead will be gone."

In a statement, the Department of Public Health said in part “DPH will continue to monitor compliance with the order at Arrowhead by the Lake to ensure that all remaining issues are remediated as soon as possible."

Despite the fact that the majority of the water issues have been resolved, Ferati said she still doesn’t feel safe and wants to move out.

"I love this place so much. I love my view. I love everything about this place but I just don't feel comfortable,” she said.

The condo complex gets their water from two wells, but by the end of the year they hope to get it from the city of Waterbury. Ferati said she plans on having her son tested again.

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