Special Report: Something in the Water
Residents worry contaminated well water is making them sick. Andrew West and Janine Zeitlin/news-press.com
Read our special report on the water in Charleston Park.
Officials heard concerns about bad drinking water, considered fixes, then gave up. And they're legally not obligated to find a solution to the polluted wells.
Tests showed Charleston Park wells had bacteria, elevated nitrates. A deep well failed several drinking water standards, including for radium, a carcinogen.
Polluted well water has been a problem in rural Charleston Park for decades. Clean drinking water is not a legal right in the United States. Should it be?
Given Lee County’s segregated history, the situation begs the question: Has racism played a role? Carrie Spearman doesn’t think so. Others residents say maybe.
Dusty the cockatiel can finally drink from the tap. More importantly, so can Dusty's owners Sharon and Joseph Redmon.
The News-Press reporters Patricia Borns and Janine Zeitlin joined WGCU reporter Jessica Meszaros on the radio to discuss the health of our environment.
More than two tons of bottled water poured into Charleston Park thanks to donations from the local nonprofit outreach group Blankets & Blessings.
Lee County and health department officials plan to offer free water testing to “as many homes as possible” in rural Charleston Park.
The hope is to provide a filter and an under-the-sink reverse osmosis system to one or two families by Christmas and gradually expand outreach in the neighborhood of about 200 residents bordered by orange groves.
Following report on well conditions, reader starts petition to bring 'clean water' to Charleston Park
A News-Press reader started a change.org petition to ask Lee County commissioners “to find a way to bring clean water to Charleston Park.”
Established in 1926, Charleston Park became a refuge for black farm workers.
If your water comes from a private well, it's on you to make sure it's clean.
Local water treatment provider says Charleston Park, Florida has the worst well water conditions he has seen in his career. Andrew West and Janine Zeitlin/news-press.com
Charleston Park: A 21-year wait for clean water comes to an end
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Dirty drinking water in Charleston Park has been on the radar of government agencies for at least three decades. Solutions have been stymied by the lack of money, will, and obligation to ensure clean water from private wells.