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Safe new wells ready for four local families
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Jan 24, 2013 | 1473 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The first well drilled in the Hitchcock Road project was on the property of Mary Waller, who was the first to approach the commissioners.
The first well drilled in the Hitchcock Road project was on the property of Mary Waller, who was the first to approach the commissioners.
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Four Jones County families are celebrating the new year by enjoying safe drinking water due to the assistance of the national non-profit association Water Well Trust.

The non-profit recently issued a press release about the completion of the wells. The Water Well Trust provided financial assistance to the families, some of whom had been without clean drinking water for 10 years.

Margaret Martens is the public education coordinator for the Water Systems Council of Washington D.C. She traveled to Jones County in November to see the project begin in person.

“These families had been buying and hauling bottled water for drinking and cooking, which was both a physical and financial burden,” Martens said.

The first well to be completed belonged to Mary Waller, who was the first person on Hitchcock Road to ask the Jones County Board of Commissioners for help in 2002. There were approximately 12 wells on the road that the health department determined to be contaminated.

The commissioners explored many options to help residents on Hitchcock Road, but the cost to the families made them all prohibitive, even after the county received a $20,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs to help.

Former District Two commissioners David Gault and Chap Nelson both worked on the issue, but the solution actually came from Jarrell Greene of Greene Water Wells.

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