Punta Gorda man’s water woes
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CREATED May. 7, 2013 - UPDATED: May. 7, 2013
Punta Gorda, Fla.- This is 2013 yet there are people who don't have access to city or county water so they have to get the water they drink and cook and bathe in by having it pumped from a lake behind their house.
"Basically, I live in a third world country right here in Punta Gorda," said Ryan Rowe who lives on Edmund Street in Punta Gorda. A pvc pipe goes from the lake to his house and is what supplies his drinking, bathing, cooking, and laundry water. And it's being held up off the bottom of the lake with a 2 liter soda bottle.”After time I have to change it because the heat gets it and it cracks it and it sinks and I can't suck up the bottom so I have to keep it about 16 inches below the water top level.”
Then the water has to go through a filter that was coated with a green, algae type substance when FOX4 was there videotaping it. "It looks like a spool of yarn when you first put it in and this is what it turns into after about one or two weeks," he said. And he’s been doing it since 1991. “Since I was ten years old. I'm 32 now, so 22 years."
His neighbor had his water tested recently, revealing twice the acceptable level of arsenic. Rowe has young kids and that concerns him. "I went ahead and had the $6,500 dollars to have the well dug and the equipment put on the side of the house and it's been about six weeks now and the equipment's still unusable."
Unusable, because he's waiting for his test results to come back. Waiting, and worrying. "As you can see it's an open lake. There's ducks, fish, turtles, everything else, there's so many different microbes and things that I've been told affect your brain, affect your spinal cord, all different kinds of micro-organisms that you can not filter out."
The water test should be back in a couple of weeks and he says the states told him if there is a dangerous level of arsenic, it will put in a whole house filtration system for him for free.
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