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 May 14, 2005
Salty Water
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Salty water!  Call 12 For Action finds out it's not just affecting one Rhode Island family...it's a problem in 8 towns.  They all believe it's the DOT's problem, but when one family tried to get answers, they never expected to be caught in a dry spell.


The Bedard's have to shut their water tank off everyday because it is so corroded, if left on, it  could blow, flooding the basement the tank isn't even 2 years old.


After 8 water tanks in 10 years the Bedards realized it wasn't faulty equipment causing this corrosion...it was a bigger problem.  It was their water. In fact, the Department of Health detected an unusually high level of salt in their well water. The Department of Transportation took on the Bedard's case assuming the salt was probably coming from their trucks treating the roads.  They immediately started supplying the Bedards with bottled water, and according to Larry promised to get to the bottom of the problem.  That was more than 16 months ago.  Each time Larry would call the DOT he said it was the same excuse no money.


Call 12 For Action contacted the DOT and within a few hours, Larry got a phone call. An appointment was made for further tests on his well. A water testing service came out weeks later.


During our investigation into the Bedard's case, we also learned that 15 other homes throughout the state have filed claims against the dot for salty water.


Nami Moghadam an engineer with the DOT acknowledges there is a problem, and they are working with the 16 families to solve it. For the Bedards,   all they want are answers, and clean water.


DOT officials say they are looking into a number of reasons for why there is salt in the water.  It could be from run off from the roads, unprotected salt domes.  If it's proven that the contamination is their fault, officials say the state will take on the financial burden of fixing the problem.  We'll let you know.


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