Survey to Check Water Supply, Quality

Macomb, IL – McDonough County's health department and the Western Illinois Council are cooperating on a survey that could help a rural water supply get started. The survey is to bolster an application by the fledgling West Prairie Rural Water Cooperative for $400,000 in state construction funds. Shannon Duncan of the council says residents in the area south and west of Colchester have already complained of inadequate flow from their wells. She says the health department will have samples checked for evidence of bacteria or nitrate pollution in the wells. Duncan says the results will strengthen the coop's grant application. The cooperative is also trying for funds from the US Department of Agriculture's Rural Development.