Awareness week promotes water well checkups

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - The National Ground Water Association is reminding Illinois residents to check their water wells this week.

Officials say National Groundwater Awareness Week aims to promote water safety and conservation.

Members of the National Ground Water Association say spring is a good season to have an annual water well checkup before the peak water-use season starts.

The association recommends that well owners have their facility evaluated by a qualified water well contractor, and encourages residents to test their water whenever there is a change in taste, odor or appearance.

Many cities in Illinois, including Champaign-Urbana, Normal and most of the western and southern suburbs of Chicago, get some or all of their drinking water from groundwater sources, according to the National Ground Water Association.

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