Fri., July 20, 2012 3:56pm (EDT)

Testing Continues Of Polluted Wells
By Josephine Bennett
Updated: 2 years ago

MACON, Ga.  —  
The U-S Environmental Protection Agency, along with state and local officials, began collecting water sampleslast week from up to 50 homes. The testing goes through the end of July. Officials hope the data might tell them why some people are getting sick.
The U-S Environmental Protection Agency, along with state and local officials, began collecting water sampleslast week from up to 50 homes. The testing goes through the end of July. Officials hope the data might tell them why some people are getting sick.
Environmental officials are doing more tests on Monroe County wells that have unsafe levels of radon and uranium.

The U-S Environmental Protection Agency, along with state and local officials, began collecting water samples last week from up to 50 homes. The testing goes through the end of July. Officials hope the data might tell them why some people are getting sick.

Donna Welch says they collected several samples from an outdoor faucet near her well to send to the EPA lab in Alabama.

“There are other elements that they’re checking; boron, thallium, thorium, some other elements that some time go along with uranium or some other things that can be radioactive,” said Welch.

Welch says her family’s been drinking bottled water for more than a year. Monroe County has applied for a grant to extend public water lines to the affected residents.