I can’t say I was surprised when I read this in the news today…apparently residents of the Raspberry Falls neighborhood, plagued with water issues for the last several years, have chosen to file suit against Loudoun Water, Van Metre Co, Marquis Custom Homes, VMK Associates Joint Venture, Virginia Residential Construction, Loudoun County Sanitation Authority and K. Hovnanivan Homes of Virginia. According to the article in the Loudoun Times Mirror, more than 250 residents banded together to file the lawsuit, seeking $1.1 million in damages for each plaintiff, and $50 million for central water utilities. A prior lawsuit filed last year was dismissed.
The Leesburg Today published a more lengthy article and included Loudoun Water’s response to the situation. While I haven’t been able to find a copy of the 258 page filing online (yet), I did find a blog that looks like it’s maintained by members of the community in Raspberry, detailing the situation and their attempts at communication and reconciliation of the issues with Loudoun Water. If what is on this site is true, it looks like Loudoun Water has blocked attempts to have raw water independently tested, among other issues.
What is clear is that one well there was permanently closed after it was determined that groundwater was contaminating the well water, and Loudoun Water is now supposed to be conducting a study to see if a central pipeline of public water to Raspberry Falls is a feasible option. Residents are complaining of illnesses because of contaminated drinking water, and state that their copper pipes are suffering pinhole leaks from corrosion from this water, too.
Why are homes still under construction in this community while it’s being sorted out? What sort of disclosures are being provided to purchasers by the builders there? Are prospective homebuyers being told of any of these issues?