EcoTrack 11 Report: Keeping water safe in Monroe County

"This whole area is highly vulnerable to ground water contamination," says Carol Austerberry with the Monroe County Health Dept.
"This whole area is highly vulnerable to ground water contamination," says Carol Austerberry with the Monroe County Health Dept.

MONROE, Mich. -- We all know it is important to keep drinking water clean and safe. But the folks in Monroe County, Mich., have to be extra careful with their water supply, reports Meterologist James Canterbury in this EcoTrack 11 report.

"This whole area is highly vulnerable to ground water contamination," says Carol Austerberry with the Monroe County Health Dept.

The risk is high because of Carst, which are natural bedrock formations that run through a large part of Monroe County.

Most of Ohio is covered in deep soil which naturally filters rainwater easily. Carst formations, on the other hand, make natural filtration impossible.

Austerberry explains. "It's (composed of) big rocks. And that is how all of the contamination can get through easily versus having a layer of not permeable soil or a lot more soil to have the filtration of the contaminants out."

Your wells are a direct connection to the ground water supply, so the Monroe County Health Dept. is very serious about making sure the well water you drink stays safe.

"We're right there to test the water when that well is drilled. We don't leave that site until we feel confident that we can put the stamp of approval on the water supply," Austerberry says.

If you have well water in your home, the Monroe Co. Health Department suggests regular well maintainance. Also, get the water sampled and tested at least once a year to be sure it stays safe.

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