EPA finds more contaminated water in Wake Forest homes
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WAKE FOREST, N.C.--The Environmental Protection Agency has found more contaminated water in Wake Forest.
The contamination is affecting the Mangum Estates Community, along Mangum Hollows Drive.
EPA officials detected the cancer causing chemical called trichloroethylene or TCE.
Officials found it in the well water of several homes, some of which are still under construction.
This is the same chemical that was found in homes along Stony Hill Road in September, but it's not clear whether the two incidents are linked.
Environmental officials said if TCE is consumed it can cause birth defects, as well as heart, liver and kidney problems.
Homeowners in the area said they're being told not to drink or even use the water.
"Be careful while we shower, not to drink any of it and at first the guy that brought the water said not to do the laundry,” one homeowner said.
The EPA tested 21 homes in Mangum Estates and some of the results found the water was safe.