NC health officials warn of fake ads for water testing

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In this photo made on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010, clear treated water flows from a tap continuously for random testing at the intake facility of the Beaver Falls Municipal Authority in Beaver Falls, Pa. The natural gas boom gripping parts of the U.S. has a nasty byproduct: wastewater so salty, and so polluted with metals […]

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina health officials are warning residents about fake advertisements for free water testing, amid concerns that private well water may be contaminated with radiological chemicals.

Last month, Wake County officials began notifying more than 20,000 households on private wells that drinking water may have unhealthy levels of uranium and radon. Now, county officials say someone has distributed flyers and test tubes to residents claiming to be from the county.

Spokesman John Hamlin told The News & Observer the flyers have an image of the official mailing to residents, but aren’t from the county.

Water Quality Director Michael Orbon says the size of the bottle included is not what would be used to test water. The paper reports the phone number provided re-routes to a cellphone, not a state-certified lab.

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