Jackson County residents needed in well water testing project

Jackson County residents needed in well water testing project

JACKSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - Jackson County, Illinois residents can receive free well water testing if they meet certain requirements.

To learn more about eligibility residents can contact the Jackson County Health Department at 618-684-3143/

A few questions will determine eligibility and 75 participants will be selected for the project according to a spokesperson with the department.

Participants must be homeowners or renters.

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If selected, participants will get a water sample kit delivered to their home by health department staff. The department says the staff will review the sampling instructions and answer questions. The samples taken will be shipped to a lab in a box provided by the department with a shipping label.

Department officials said the results will be sent to participants after about two months. The project is expected to end around January 2019.

Officials with the Jackson County Health Department are participating in a research project with researchers from the University of Illinois and Northern Illinois University. The project aims to better determine the presence of lead in private water wells in three Illinois counties.

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