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GLEN JEAN, W.Va. (AP) -- The National Park Service will be closing the Ajax Spring after recent testing indicated the water didn't meet minimum requirements for drinking water.
   Officials say that there are concerns that residents in the local community use the spring water for household use despite the fact that the spring is posted as a non-potable water source.
   The lab results showed high levels of arsenic and mercury and the presence of coliform bacteria.
   The water source for the Ajax Spring comes from drainage out of the old Ajax mine.
   After the site became a part of the New River Gorge National River in 1988, park staff maintained access to the spring for the local community.

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