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Some Emmett Twp. residents changing water supply due to arsenic levels

Some Emmett Twp. residents changing water supply due to arsenic levels

EMMETT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Due to unsafe levels of arsenic in the drinking water, officials in Emmett Township are switching dozens of people to Battle Creek water.

But we're hearing homeowners and business owners will have to pay for it themselves.

Home and business owners we spoke with say there is a lack of communication with the township. Some say they got this notice in the mail about the new water line, but others say they didn't.

Doctor Charles Palumbo is a dentist on South Shore Drive, in Emmett Township. He says the township is telling him he needs to pay for the switch to Battle Creek's water because of high levels of arsenic in his water.

"I really don't know bear the financial burden that we obviously have to do now," he said.

Crews are currently replacing the water pipes underground. Township officials estimate the cost of the project will be more than $200,000.

"We're frustrated," said attorney Brandon Hultink, who owns a law office with his partners on South Shore Drive.

Hultink says the township is telling him he needs to pay $5,400 for the new water pipe, and another bill could be coming.

"Kind of under the radar I'm hearing about an actual larger cost just for the hook up fee. Nobody's given me any notice of the cost from the township," he said.

Hultink says he was never told why the water system needed to be changed in the first place.

"We had some questions that have still gone unanswered with the township is what was wrong with the water," he said.

Dr. Palumbo says he's pleased the tap water will be safe once again, but he wishes he had a choice about having to help the town pay for it.

"If the figure's as high as the estimates I've heard, it's really difficult being a business owner to even think about passing that on to our customers. It's ridiculous," he said.

We reached out to the Emmett Township Supervisor for comment, but we have not heard back.

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