Hundreds of Water Wells Could Be Contaminated

When it rains in Roscoe, sandy soil lets the water flow all the way down into the water table, which is where people with wells get their drinking water. Wednesday 370 people in Roscoe found out what else is leaking into the water with the rain.

A chemical used for dry cleaning and metal degreasing has been found in two water wells in Roscoe. Those using city water are not affected. The chemical known as PCE is suspected to cause cancer. The tainted water contained over double the concentration of PCE allowed by the EPE, but negative health effects are only anticipated when very high levels of PCE are present for an extended period of time.

Those who live in the affected area can pick up a testing kit at the Roscoe Township Office. A $45 dollar fee must be paid when the samples are returned.