Contamination found in Petersburg water
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[NOV. 19, 2004]
SPRINGFIELD -- Residents who
obtain their drinking water from private wells in the Petersburg
area are advised to have the water tested for possible groundwater
contamination, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced
Routine testing of the city's
municipal water wells by the Illinois Environmental Protection
Agency revealed levels of tetrachloroethylene (PCE),
trichloroethylene (TCE) and trans 1,2-dichloroethylene (trans
1,2-DCE) exceeding the maximum contaminant level, indicating that
the contaminants could also be present in the area's
contaminants were found in Petersburg's
source water, contaminants are removed at the city's
water supply treatment plant and the water quality meets U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency standards.
People with private wells located
within the area east of South Ninth Street extending to the Sangamon
River, south of East Rutledge Street and north of Jackson Street,
are encouraged to have their water tested by a private laboratory.
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A list of private laboratories
approved for testing can be obtained by calling John Smet, Illinois
Department of Public Health, at (309) 693-5360. Once samples have
been analyzed, residents can call for an explanation of the test
Exposure to these chemicals for long
periods may increase the risk of liver and kidney damage and impair
immune system function and fetal development.
Notice of possible private well
contamination is required by 2002 amendments to the Illinois
Groundwater Protection Act.
Department of Public Health news release]