Officials started studying the water issues southwest of Rogersville last July. They have discovered a new fault below the surface to the south of U.S. 60 that lets surface water move downward fast and reach a nearby well in less than a day. The source of the trichloroethylene, or TCE, is still a mystery.
"It's just one of those unfortunate things that we just don't have the answers to right away. That's really why we're trying to focus on the home owners, the people who are drinking the water, getting a solution for them," said Renee Bungart, a spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.