Howard County Executive Charles I. Ecker and County Councilman Charles C. Feaga agree that residents near a west county trash dump should get some help in hooking up to the county water system.
But how much help was debated again at a County Council meeting Tuesday night that drew about 25 citizens concerned about well water near the Alpha Ridge Landfill.
The county has spent $10.5 million on a water system in the area, and there have been no verifiable instances of toxic chemicals spreading to the wells.
Even so, the county executive is willing to bring county water pipes within 150 feet of each house. He would have the county pay $2,200 of the $4,100 per-household charge. Residents would pick up the remaining $1,900, most of it for pipelines from the main line to their houses.
But Mr. Feaga, who represents west county, said the county should bring pipes all the way into the houses and pick up the entire $4,100 tab.
The council is expected in March to begin debating the two proposals, which have a total cost difference of $583,300.
Members are likely to hear from people such as Jack Faulkner, a stonemason who lives on Route 99. He is host to a Cub Scout meeting each week and does not allow Scouts to drink his well water. He collects his drinking water from a spring in Carroll County.