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30-year water issue finally remedied in Ben Hill County

On Monday all but three houses in Queensland will have a clean, reliable water source. / Courtney Highfield


The town of Queensland in Ben Hill County has been dealing with a water issue for more than three decades. County officials say the problem is close to being fixed.

Thirty years ago the town installed pipes and wells that the county manager says weren't built with the best materials or the best engineering. The county stepped in and ended up taking responsibility for the water system which also included county taxpayers paying for it and Queensland residents getting water for free. Although they were getting it for free, Frank Feild, Ben Hill County manager, says it was less than adequate, often times leaving them without water.

Feild says the county has gone down many avenues to try and remedy the issue but none of them worked out. Feild tells FOX 31 after years of struggling, a non-profit organization stepped in and raised $90,000 to build wells and a new pipe system throughout the town. On Monday all but three houses in Queensland will have a clean, reliable water source.

The organization worked out payment plans with the residents in Queensland based on their income. They'll pay all or a portion of the total cost, with reasonable payments, at no interest.

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