- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - People living near Duke Energy coal ash pits in North Carolina say they would welcome being connected to city water lines to end their dependence on company-provided bottled water.

Amy Brown of Belmont, Deborah Graham of Salisbury and Sara Mullens of Goldsboro attended a rally Thursday to protest how Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration has handled feared pollution of their household water wells.

State environmental officials and Duke Energy on Wednesday raised the prospect that ash-pit neighbors could be supplied with a new water source.

State health officials last year warned neighbors against drinking their well water due to a cancer-linked heavy metal. Officials reversed themselves in March, saying the water was OK.

The country’s largest electricity company is providing bottled water to nearly 400 homes near Duke Energy plants

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