McCrory explained that it was clear to lawmakers that a system was not in place to notify customers of potential dangers. He also said homeowners should “take responsibility for finding out what’s in their own water.”
“We’re implementing a process … to educate our customers to take their own responsibility,” McCrory said. “Also a notification process; if there are dangers nearby, we are implementing a process of knocking on people’s doors to let them personally know that there could be danger ahead and they need their water tested.”
House Bill 396, The Private Well Water Education, which resulted from WNCN’s investigation, recently passed the House unanimously. It now awaits Senate approval.
“It is the responsibility of DENR and of government — if we find out that water is contaminated in an area — we need to notify in and around that area of that potential danger and get them to check their own well water,” McCrory said.
McCrory filmed a public service announcement Wednesday at the State Capitol to notify North Carolina residents of the dangers of contaminated water. The PSA will begin airing across the state in the next few weeks.