He said health department officials claim the source of nitrates is runoff from farms that has seeped into the ground water. Stine said he disagrees.
"I have my own opinion about where it comes from, but I can't prove it," he said.
Waynesboro Borough Manager Lloyd R. Hamberger II, said the Waynesboro Borough Authority supplies water to about 5,300 customers.
It will begin supplying the Zullinger system after Nov. 1. The only thing left is to bring the line through Antietam Creek. Lines from both systems, Zullinger from the west and Waynesboro from the east, meet at the creek, he said.
Hamberger said Waynesboro and Zullinger have a cooperative agreement in which the Waynesboro authority will manager the system for Zullinger. Stine is a member of the Zullinger authority.
There will be no rate hike in Zullinger, Stine said.
The Zullinger system is an association with 245 voting members representing property owners on the system. Another 200 tenants served by the system do not have voting rights, Stine said.
Supplying water to Zullinger has netted some legal problems for Waynesboro. The Washington Township Municipal Authority, which supplies water to township customers, sued Waynesboro in 1996 claiming the borough violated an agreement that defines service areas for both systems.
The issue is pending in the Court of Common Pleas. Any decision by the court won't affect the new system, Stine said.