The meeting Wednesday afternoon was to discuss various options and possible solutions available to the city.
In November 1997, the contaminant benzene was found in well number four behind city hall. In January, the same contaminant appeared in well number three. Benzene is a component of gasoline.
In a two-month span between testing, the parts per billion count went from 6.2 to 17 at well number three. Following treatment at the cityís water plant, the concentration dropped to 3.6 which is an acceptable level for the Department of Health. Anything over five is not acceptable.
The city council was told not to panic. The water is safe to drink and not a threat to anyone. Test results from the monitoring wells should be known by April 1.
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