Feagans, Brian. “6 counties study groundwater, take pulse of aquifer, wells.” Wilmington Morning Star (NC) Tuesday, February 13, 2001: 1A, 4A. 723 words.
The Lumbee River Council of Governments has initiated a study of aquifers in Bladen, Columbus, Hoke, Robeson, Sampson, and Scotland Counties. Many residents get their water from private wells. People aren't experiencing shortages now, but the council wants to know how water is being used, its quality, and who the large users are for purposes of conservation and reuse. Besides installing groundwater wells to collect continuous data on water levels, the council will survey large water users - such as farms and factories - and will test a large number of existing wells, looking for nitrates, disease-causing bacteria, and other harmful substances.