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Drinking water safe after VA manure spill


June 1, 2011
By WSLS 10

June 1, 2011, Fries, VA –
Around 40,000 gallons of manure barreled through its barricade recently at Echo
Hills Dairy Farm near Fries, VA. Farmer Robin Hill claims heavy flooding more
than two weeks ago, played a part in his manure pit busting open.

June 1, 2011, Fries, VA –
Around 40,000 gallons of manure barreled through its barricade recently at Echo
Hills Dairy Farm near Fries, VA. Farmer Robin Hill claims heavy flooding more
than two weeks ago, played a part in his manure pit busting open.

“What it did to my pit
here was damage the integrity of it. 
It’s been here 22 years, we’ve never had a problem until after this
flood,” said Hill.

Health officials say the
cow waste spilled over into a tributary connected to Eagle Bottom Creek, which
leads into the New River, and the town’s water treatment plant. Town workers
shut off the intake to the plant in under an hour, and spared the town’s
drinking water from contamination, according to state health officials.

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