Water wells contaminated near Duncan's Halliburton plant

Duncan- Some people in Duncan are having to resort to bottled water after Halliburton confirmed that 18 water wells near its property are contaminated.

A statement from the company says perchlorate was discovered in the well-water along Halliburton property on Osage Road. That's where the company used to remove and burn spent fuel in missile casings. The company believes that contributed to the contamination.

Perchlorate is not a carcinogen. It's a colorless salt that may pose adverse health problems, especially to thyroid glands.

Halliburton says it will pay for bottled water, temporary water supply systems and health exams for those affected. Duncan residents who are connected to municipal or rural water lines should not be affected.

The DEQ has announced a public meeting about the contaminated wells. It's set for July 19th at 6:30 p.m. in the Simmons Center.