National Groundwater Awareness Week March 7-13
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[March 05, 2010]
The Logan County Department of Public
Health is publicizing
National Groundwater Awareness Week, March 7-13, which is
sponsored by the National Groundwater Association. Groundwater
serves as the source of drinking water for the vast majority of
Americans, regardless of whether it comes from a private well or a
public water system. Therefore, it is important to recognize the
importance of protecting this vital resource.
There are several ways for all of us to protect our groundwater.
First, store and properly dispose of hazardous household substances
to prevent direct contact with the ground surface. Secondly,
properly maintain your on-site septic system to prevent improperly
treated waste from entering into the groundwater supply. Third,
properly seal unused wells since abandoned wells can provide a
direct route for contaminants to enter the groundwater supply. Prior
to having a well sealed, contact your local health department for
information concerning regulations.
There are an estimated 400,000
water wells serving the household needs of over approximately 1.3
million people in Illinois. It is important for well owners to
properly maintain their wells to prevent groundwater contamination.
First, make sure sources of contamination are located far enough
from the well by establishing a safety zone. This setback may
commonly range from 50 to 200 feet, depending on the type or source
of contamination. The Illinois Department of Public Health has
established regulations for minimum setback distances, and your
local health department can provide you with additional information.
Secondly, it is important to have your well routinely inspected by a
licensed water well contractor to ensure proper maintenance.
Improper maintenance, such as a crack in the cap or casing, can
provide a direct route for surface contaminants to reach the
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The water from public systems is regulated by the Environmental
Protection Agency and routinely monitored for contaminant levels.
However, owners of private wells must manage their own water systems
and take responsibility to ensure their water is safe. Therefore,
water well owners are encouraged to have their water tested at least
annually to monitor bacteria, nitrates and other contaminants of
The Logan County Department of Public Health asks for your
support in doing your part to protect our groundwater in recognition
of National Groundwater Awareness Week. For more information,
contact the Logan County Department of Public Health at 735-2317.
Source: Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois
Association of Groundwater Professionals
[Text from file received from
Logan County Department of Public