Someone will eventually get around to protecting citizens in the Boonsboro area from the effects of contaminated well water, but probably not before Washington County's elected officials get finished another round of pass-the-buck politics.
Local officials should address this quickly. If local history is a reliable guide, if it's left up to the state, the solution will be more complicated - and expensive.
On Tuesday the Washington County Health department told the County Commissioners that wells along the Old National Pike in Boonsboro are contaminated with fecal coliform, which could cause serious diseases. In all, health officials said, 80 homes and nine businesses and churches are affected.
Department officials propose to protect the public's health by having the county extend water and sewer lines from Boonsboro, at an estimated cost of up to $620,000.