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Man claims water supply contaminated for 10 years

Reported by: Tyler Hill
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Updated: 9/30/2013 7:52 pm
MONROE COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) — Access to clean water isn't a problem for most of us, but for someone near Aberdeen, it's a luxury.

He says he knows why and is asking Monroe County to help.

Nearly 14 years ago, Murphree Evans and his wife built a house on a 1,200 acre lot, hoping for peace and quiet, but he says he didn't know it would come at a price.

"We're right in the middle of 1,200 hundred acres that I worked hard for," Evans said. "And to have that dream shattered by somebody's greed, or whatever you wanna call it, is unconscionable."

Just two and a half miles away from his home lies a class two disposal well.

He says that well injects brine, left over from oil and gas production, into the ground.

Evans claims the Alabama company dumping the waste is disposing too much, leaving his water supply contaminated.

"It is leaking as we speak," he said. "They have finally over done it."

Evans says because of the water contamination, he doesn't have the luxury of drinking water from his own home.

Instead, he is forced to drive to town every other day to fill up water jugs.

According to Evans, this problem has lasted nearly 10 years, and he is afraid for his health.

"It's hard to describe having water you can't use," Evans said.

Now, he's concerned for the citizens of Aberdeen.

He claims oil is leaking into a creek that leads to the Tenn-Tom Waterway, which is garnering the attention of the Monroe County Board of Supervisors.

"We've been at a standstill for some time about what to do," said Supervisor Carol Crawford. "Now that this material has come up and is into the stream, we obviously have a more urgent matter."

Crawford says although it doesn't lead to the city's water supply, it could eventually affect the people near the waterway.

"It's better to know on the front end than the back end," she explained.

Evans says he's endured the problem for so long, it's not so much about him as it is the rest of south Monroe County.

"Obviously, lives are far more important than economic development," he explained.

He says he will give a presentation to county supervisors October 7.

Crawford says after Evans makes his presentation, the board will be able to discuss options on how to fix the alleged leak.

WTVA made attempts to reach the company in question but was unsuccessful.

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