Water to be tested for coal ash

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Residents who live next to 40,000 tons of coal ash are trying to make sure their water is safe.

Last week, Channel 9 investigated and revealed the coal ash was buried as structural fill on a plot of land next to Lake Norman High School in Mooresville.

Recent construction and Hurricane Florence disturbed the coal ash, which is near a creek and Lake Norman.

Channel 9 talked to county leaders Thursday, who said since the discovery, residents have contacted them, concerned about their well water.

“They are looking to do some private water samples. We are looking to mirror those samples,” Iredell County Manager Beth Jones said.


She said the county has decided to take samples at those homes at the same time and compare them to validate the results.

“We are going to send them to the state lab,” she said.

The testing will be conducted next week.

Officials said the results will be available in 3 to 4 weeks.