11/18 Jackson to Resume Well Pumping to Test for Water Contamination

Village of Jackson officials announced last week that they will resume pumping well number six this week to confirm it is no longer contaminated with benzene. For the next three weeks from today through December sixth, the intentions are to pump the well five days a week and water samples collected each week will be tested for benzene. According to Jackson Public Works Director Brian Kober, no water from well number six is being distributed to the public. When the well is pumped for testing, the water is poured into a storm sewer that drains to Cedar Creek. Benzene was initially detected in water from the well in May of this year and it was shut down. An investigation determined a July 2012 gasoline pipeline spill in the Town of Jackson was the likely source of the contamination. Well number six is located off Jackson Drive near Hickory Lane Park on the south side of the village, which is more than two miles northwest of the pipeline rupture. Tests of water samples collected during the July investigation showed benzene levels increased during pumping that month. Kober did confirm that tests of water samples collected in a five-day pumping schedule the week of November fourth did not detect benzene. The village operates four other wells and tests of water from those wells have not detected benzene.
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