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IL Department Of Public Health Tells Residents of Rockford Mobile Home Park To Test Their Water

On March 23rd, the Illinois Department of Public Health warned residents who obtain their drinking water from private wells in the GEM Suburban Mobile Home Park (MHP) area in Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois to test their water for possible groundwater contamination.  IDPH stated that “routine testing of the GEM Suburban Mobile Home Park community water supply wells by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency indicates contaminants could be present in the area’s private wells.”

Specifically, “the contaminant trichloroethylene was detected at levels lower than the Illinois Groundwater Standard.  Although the contaminant’s levels were lower than the standard, this is the same groundwater that serves private wells and it is possible the levels of the contaminants may be higher in private wells.”

For more information, including a list of certified testing laboratories, IDPH recommends contacting: (1) Clay Simmonson, clay.simmonson@illinois.gov, Illinois Department of Public Health Rockford Regional Office, 4302 N. Main St, Rockford, IL. 61103, phone (815) 987-7511 or (2) Todd Marshall, tmarshall@wchd.org, Winnebago County Health Department, 401 Division Street, Rockford, IL 61104, phone (815) 720-4118.

Despite its warnings, IDPH states that “no violations of state or federal drinking water standards have occurred at GEM Suburban MHP.”

Stay tuned to the Illinois Environmental Law Blog for more news and developments.





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