Press Release

August 24, 2007


Sheffield area water well testing recommended

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health is advising residents who obtain their drinking water from private wells in the Sheffield area to test their water for possible groundwater contamination. Routine testing of the city’s municipal water wells by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency indicates contamination could be present in the area’s private wells.

Although the contaminants were found in Sheffield’s source water, contaminants are removed at the city’s water supply treatment plant to meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards so those on the public water supply are not affected.

Persons with private wells located within the area north of South Street, west of East Street, east of Reed Street, and south of North Railroad Street are encouraged to have their water tested by a private laboratory.

Contaminates detected include carbon tetrachloride, ethylbenzene, p-dichlorobenzene, and xylenes, but at levels less than groundwater quality standards.

A list of private laboratories approved for testing can be obtained by calling the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Peoria office at 309-693-5360. Once samples have been analyzed, residents can call the health department for an explanation of the test results.

The risk of adverse health effects depends on the level of contaminants in the water and the duration of exposure. Long-term exposure to these chemicals may increase the risk of liver and kidney damage.

This information has been compiled from historic data and is provided to the public to ensure full disclosure of state records.

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Illinois Department of Public Health
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Springfield, Illinois 62761
Phone 217-782-4977
Fax 217-782-3987
TTY 800-547-0466
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