MASON CITY, Iowa – Many families use water straight out of the tap for drinking and cooking, but public health officials are warning those who haven’t had their water tested.
Hundreds of homes throughout Cerro Gordo County receive their tap water from underground wells., which could contain contaminated water.
Brian Hanft with the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health says not all well water is harmful, but it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your families health.
That being said, the public health department is offering free testing for homeowners who have a well in their home or their yard in an effort to keep people safe.
“We know that there ars approximately 1700 wells in Cerro Gordo County that have never been tested before,” he explains, “Equate that to saying three people on average live in a home, and that means there’s a lot of people drinking water that has never been tested before.”
It’s a simple and cheap way to make sure your water doesn’t contain bacteria, chemicals or anything that might be harmful to your family.
However, water cleanliness isn’t the only concern for the health department.
Hanft says that they are also asking homeowners to contact their offices about plugging up abandoned wells.
Wells that have been abandoned are the pathways for contaminants, pesticides, and other chemicals to get into ground water. Plugging them up properly is crucial, not only for the safety of others, but the environment as well.
The public health department is offering to help families pay for plugging up abandoned wells; they are willing to fund up to $400 worth of expenses.
For more information on water testing or plugging up a well, check out the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health’s website or call (641) 421-9338.