Source of contamination in wells still unknown
Source of contamination in wells still unknown.
Officials in south-central Idaho still don’t know the source of contamination in wells in Lincoln and Gooding counties but are retesting them to determine whether the water quality is improving.
Abundant snowfall, heavy rains and warm weather have caused widespread flooding across the region.
Last month, several wells northwest of Shoshone began producing what officials describe as “green water.” Lincoln County Commissioner Cresley McConnell said, he “believes there are groundwater issues in northwestern Lincoln County.” The South Central Public Health District is sending its environmental health staff to Lincoln County to retest 16 wells previously tested by the Idaho State Department of Agriculture.
“We do not know the source or sources of the groundwater issues.
The wells being retested are in the advisory zone, an area of northwestern Lincoln County and northeastern Gooding County.
The tests will be processed by the Idaho Bureau of Labs and results should be available next week.
With widespread flooding, the ag department is responding to calls, complaints and requests for technical assistance in the Magic and Treasure valleys, Chanel Tewalt, ISDA communications chief, told Capital Press last week.
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