The Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department has issued a recommendation to private well owners. Director Terry Eimen says wells should be inspected following heavy rains to ensure that surface water has not entered the water well through the well cap, vent or the sanitary well seal.
If evidence indicates that surface water has entered the water well, residents should not drink the water until it has been tested, disinfected and deemed safe for consumption.
Due to the recent flooding situation, the health department has a supply of free testing kits that may be picked up at the offices in Paxton and Watseka. The consumer will be responsible for mailing the test kit into the state lab and will receive results via a report that will be delivered by mail.
For information regarding well testing, visit the Health Department website at www.fiphd.org or contact Eimen at (815) 432-2483 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.