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Possible contamination in Palermo water wells prompt town hall meeting

California is in the middle of an extreme drought emergency. Now one town also has to worry about contamination.

Posted: Jun 15, 2021 8:28 AM
Updated: Jun 15, 2021 8:43 AM

PALERMO, Calif. - California is in the middle of an extreme drought emergency. Now one town also has to worry about contamination.

Butte County leaders are meeting on Tuesday to talk about how to connect homeowners with private wells to a water treatment plant.

The county said many private wells in Palermo are contaminated.

A 2007 study showed high levels of coliform and nitrates were present in a lot of homes north of Palermo Road.

Now the county wants homeowners to get their water from South Feather Water and Power.

Action News Now talked with one homeowner who said he's onboard.

"It's very expensive to hook up to South Feather if we can get some help with that it would be a good thing in that way," explained Ken Roth a homeowner. "Certainly, as far as contamination goes, I've always thought that there's a possibility of contamination out here."

If you live in this area of Palermo below, the county wants to test your water.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Palermo grange located at 7600 Irwin Ave, Palermo, CA.

South Feather Water and Power supplies water to Oroville, Palermo and Bangor.

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