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PENDER COUNTY, NC– Many people in Burgaw that live off NC 53 are starting to have water issues. Those Pender County residents say their problems stem from a mine.

Mitchell Watts and his mother Mayo have lived off NC 53 in Burgaw for 20 years. Their property once consisted of a large pond surrounded by a flourishing nursery and now the flowers are gone and so is their water.

“It really has changed,” said Mayo Watts. “It was a pretty place at one time but it sure has changed now. It’s nothing like it used to be.”

“Since they opened that quarry over there we’ve had well problems, my pond has been dry every year, it’s been dry ever since the spring this year and it stays dry, ” said Mitchell Watts.

The property across from the Watts family home is Shelter Creek Lime and Stone.

According to Mitchell Watts, that mine is over 100 feet deep and the water being pumped from that mine is the water of people who live near it.

The Watts family and other neighbors of the rock quarry were welcomed to present their case to the Pender County Board of County Commissioners on Monday.

“It’s not my fault and it’s not the neighbors fault that their wells go dry,” said Neal Padgett. “It’s the quarry’s fault. They are the ones that should be held accountable.”

The issue was continued by the Board of County Commissioners and will be addressed again next month.

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