A press release from the Village of Lakewood:
Water Well Testing for Private Wells Near Lakewood
Working in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Village of Lakewood is helping to raise awareness of the presence of Methyl Tertiary-Butyl Ether (MTBE) in the groundwater near Well #1 in the Village of Lakewood.
Well #1 is located near the water tower on Turnberry Trail.
The State of Illinois has established a groundwater quality standard for MTBE of 70.0 ug/L. Routine testing of Well #1 has detected concentrations ranging from 0.9 to 1.4 ug/L.
President Smith said,
“It’s critical to emphasize that the small concentration of contamination detected is not a concern for those residents being served by the Village’s water system.
“However, the concentration level may be higher for those on private wells.”
“We want to reassure our residents that the Village continues to provide high quality, safe drinking water.
“No violations of state or federal regulations have occurred.
“Both the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) and the IDPH have been excellent partners, and we appreciate a regulatory framework that is cautious in nature and places the health of citizens at the forefront of our priorities.
“Therefore, we strongly encourage citizens with private wells living within the area depicted on the attached map to take advantage of the opportunity to have their water tested.”
The IDPH is able to provide a list of accredited labs that can perform this testing. For more information, please contact Joe O’Conner at the IDPH regional office at (630) 293-6800 or Joe.O’[email protected]
Any further questions regarding this public notice should be directed to the IDPH.