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Originally Posted Online: July 04, 2013, 5:33 pm
Last Updated: July 04, 2013, 10:05 pm
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By Eric Timmons, etimmons@qconline.com

Residents who get their water from private wells and live in flood areas are being urged to have their water tested.

There have been several positive tests for coliform bacteria in private wells in recent weeks, Rock Island County Health Department Director Paul Gusse, said.

"It's significant but not surprising," he said.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has waived testing costs for wells in flood areas because of recent flooding.

However, the county charges a $5 shipping fee to send the water samples collected by residents to the state for testing. Special bottles for testing are available from the health department.

Mr. Gusse said he "highly recommends" residents in flood areas who use wells get their water tested.

He said there have been some positive tests on Campbell's Island in recent weeks.

The health department does not send out notices to individual homeowners in surrounding areas if one sample has been unsatisfactory, Mr. Gusse said, adding that neighboring wells can give different results, even after a flood.

For more information on getting your well tested, call the Rock Island County Health Department's environmental office at 309-558-2840.
























 




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1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.






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