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Well water unsafe in West Wichita neighborhood

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email
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WICHITA, Kan.--- This weekend, residents near 2nd and Tyler Road received letters from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment advising them to discontinue drinking and cooking with water from their private domestic wells.

Of the 31 wells tested, 14 have been found to have concentrations of Tetrachloroethylene (PCE) that are exceeding the Environmental Protection Agency's Maximum Contaminant Level of 5 micrograms per liter for drinking water.

A domestic well near 2nd and Robin Road was found to have 75.8 micrograms per liter of PCE. The highest preliminary result was found at a domestic well on South Evergreen with around 700 micrograms per liter.

"We're finding that two neighbors side-by-side can have wide variety of the concentration in their wells," said Bob Jurgens with the KDHE Dry Cleaning Remediation Program. "We do want to identify everybody that has a domestic well in that area."

The letter shows that the contamination is linked to the former Four Seasons Cleaners Site at 8947 West Central. That business is no longer located in that area.

KDHE would like to test 40 to 60 more homes in that area. If you want your water well tested, call (785) 296-1914.

Additional information will be given during a public meeting at Wilbur Middle School, 340 N. Tyler Road, on April 10th, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


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