ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The Illinois EPA says the contamination of water wells near the Cottonwood Airport in Rockford may have started almost two decades ago.
That's because two faulty underground fuel tanks were replaced at the Citgo and Mobil Gas stations on Auburn. Remnants of the problem may have been left behind. The Illinois State Fire Marshall's Office inspects registered tanks every two years to check for leaks, but there are countless tanks out there going undetected.
"pre-regulatory day and pre-central heat almost every home had a home heating oil tank, so there are thousands of those in the country just for home heating oil and then all the corner gas stations where they just threw in tanks, again pre-regulatory days, we just don't have a number on those"
Tonight on the 23 News Update at 10 we'll show you what safety measures are now in place at local gas stations to prevent our water from getting contaminated.