Water-Related News

Underground fuel leaks to cost Lake County taxpayers

LAKE COUNTY – It could cost Lake County taxpayers half a million dollars to clean up a major gasoline leak that happened decades ago.

According to a report, 30,000 gallons of gasoline leaked out of underground pipes near the county's central fuel facility in the '80s and is now in the groundwater about 30 feet underground.

Paying to clean up the mess won't be easy when the county is already dealing with a $15 million budget shortfall.

Because of the fuel, it's believed that Lake Idamere, one of the county's treasures, is in danger.