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By Mike Lakin The Environmental Protection Agency sent the city a letter. The city has 180-days to come up with a plan to add a water well. Officially the city was told to find a new source of water. The EPA explained that it all relates to Nitrates. The city has in operation wells 4, 5, ad 6 that Done Right - New Well W'dl Fix It deliver drinking water to Mt. Pulaski customers. Well 4 has a reading of -0- Nitrates (a really good thing). Well 5 has a read- ing of 7-Nitrates (a good thing). Well 6 has a read- ing of 13-Nitrates (not a good thing). As long as all three wells are providing water to city customers the Nitrate level is under control and all is "well" with the EPA. If well 6 (the high Nitrate well) is shut down, wells 4 & 5 are OK with the Nitrate level being produced - but the Nitrate level would be tapping at the maximum level allowed by the EPA. What the EPA decided is that the city is man- dated to find a new well as an additional water source to maintain proper Nitrate levels. The city has looked into this over the last two years. The main source of another well is across Salt Creek. That water source area has iron and man- ganese levels that exceed EPA levels. But that has to be the city's new well area. After studying the problem, Public Works Director Mike Patridge came up with an answer that will not cost the city several hundreds of thou- sands of dollars. And as they say, that's a good thing. Mike said the city can drill and have operable the new well #7. The new well would only be brought into operation when one of the other existing wells "is not pumping". By blending the water from the wells, the city can eliminate - for now - the cost of construct- ing a treatment plant and lagoon. As Mike said, this is answer for now, but not the future. Basically, the city can "kick the treatment plant-lagoon expense down the road" and a future city council can deal with the need of a treatment plant and lagoon. Hopefully it can be "kicked down the road" a good distance. The engineer looking into the project said his company would drill one more test well north of Salt Creek to obtain a better water sample. He said the problem with the city water is the level of nitrates found in wells 6 and 7. He explained that nitrates are not a natural element, but comes from fertilizers. The new well has to be drilled 400' from the old gravel pit and 50 - 100' from Salt Creek. That is not a problem. Once the new well #7 location is found, all EPA issues will be solved. The Council will dis- cuss the new well project and have a vote on the project at the Sept. 13 voting meeting. Leave your wallet at home. Our financial plan is free! September is Life Insurance Awareness Month - A very good time to think about having the right plan in place. At COUNTRY, we provide a free financial plan to help you protect what you have today as well as prepare for the future. Give me a call today so we can get started! Policies issued by COUNTRY Life Insurance Company*. Bloomington, IL. Larry D. Medaris LUTCF 31 6 S. Washington - Mt. Pulaski 792-3778 091 !-502HC, FINANCIAL www.c ountryfl Did You Know - Incoming college freshmen are the first class to be younger than the world-wide- web. Coupon website Grou- A proposed tunnel Burger King has port is set to buy the across the Bering canned its creepy histodc Wdgley Build- Strait linking the U.S. mascot King in an ing in Chicago. The to Russia is gaining attempt to appeal building is said to be support, more to moms. worth $35-45 Million. Do You Know Who You Can Trust? It's a hard choice in today's financial marketplace. With so many banks and other financial companies trying to get your business, it's hard to know who really has your best interest at heart. What's the solution? Placing your trust in A Real Community Bank solves that problem. Because only banks qualified to display this banking seal of approval are dedicated to hometown values and hometown commitment. As A Real Community Bank, we're committed to the community where we live and work. Committed to making all our decisions locally and remaining focused on the needs of our customers and community. Come visit and tell us how we can serve you. 130 S. Washington St. - Mt Pulaski THE FARMERS mm B A N K or00rL 792 5211 Sept. 3, 2011 Mt. Pulaski Times 7