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Health officials: Time to check water wells

National Groundwater Awareness Week will be March 10-16

The Bureau, Putnam and Marshall County health departments are partnering with the Marshall-Putnam and Bureau County Farm Bureaus and the National Groundwater Association to remind residents it is "Time for Your Water Well Checkup.”

Just as you check your furnace or smoke detector batteries seasonally, spring is a good season to have an annual water well checkup before the peak water use season begins.

Why is it a good idea to have water wells checked each year?

Wells can provide high-quality drinking water, and about half the U.S. population receives its drinking water from wells. An annual checkup is the best way to ensure problem-free service and quality water.

Preventive maintenance can also be less costly than emergency maintenance, as well as prolonging the life of your well.

Your local health department further recommends you test your water whenever there is a change in taste, odor or appearance, or when the system is serviced.

Free water well test kits are available in support of National Groundwater Awareness Week.

Local health departments are partnering with local Farm Bureaus to provide free water well sampling test kits to Bureau, Putnam and Marshall county residents. The sampling kits will test for coliform/E.coli bacteria in well water. The kits are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and limited to one per household.

During National Groundwater Awareness Week, March 10-16, residents can pick up the free kits at the following locations Monday through Friday during their business hours:

• Bureau County Farm Bureau, 535 Elm Place, Princeton.

• Bureau County Health Department, 526 S. Bureau Valley Parkway, Princeton.

• Marshall County Health Department, 319 Sixth St., Lacon.

• Marshall-Putnam County Farm Bureau, 509 Front St., Henry.

For more information on groundwater awareness and other important public health issues, visit the Bureau, Putnam and Marshall County Health Department website at www.bpmchd.org.

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