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Berkeley County built on limestone

March 03, 2001

Berkeley County built on limestone



The problem of contaminated water in Berkeley County is made worse by the fact so much the county is built on limestone, said William Alexander, president of the county's Water Advisory Board.

"Limestone doesn't purify as well - it doesn't filter as well," he said.

His neighbors Robert and Sarah Steptoe recalled an incident many years ago when a railroad tanker filled with Mogan David wine derailed and split open, with the contents seeping into the limestone, where it was quickly carried into drinking water aquifers.

"People were turning on their taps and getting wine out of it," Steptoe said.

"There's the solution," laughed Alexander. "Like the Bible says, we'll turn water into wine."

- Bob Partlow

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