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North Idaho Residents Claim There Is Arsenic In The Water

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ATHOL, Idaho - Concerned property owners in Athol are in dispute with their water well owners and the chemicals making its way into their pipes.

State officials already determined water from the Lynwood Estates well has arsenic levels nine times the federal limit.  And for months, many homeowners have been using bottled water.

The Department Of Environmental Equality has told the Association it can't provide water to the homeowners after January 1st if the arsenic are not within safe levels.

A representative of the Lynwood Estates Water Association says it's trying to work with homeowners to try and transfer ownership of the well to it's users.  Many homeowners say they don't want to do that with current arsenic levels.

In an effort to fix the problem, the company offered to install filters in each of the homes, but some homeowners say that will not fix the overall arsenic problem with the well.

A representative with Lynwood Estates Water Association says it's explored 5-different locations to built a new well.  But those neighborhood locations are on private land and the owners of the land were unwilling to work with them.

The DEQ has set a date of January 1st for the water to be within safe arsenic levels.  Roughly18-homes are affected by the contaminated well in Athol.

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