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Kane County advises water well users to take precautions

Updated: May 23, 2013 6:14AM

Kane County: Take water well precautions after flooding

After this past week’s flooding, the Kane County Health Department is advising resident with private wells to use bottled water for drinking, preparing food, making ice, hand washing, washing dishes, brushing teeth and preparing baby formula if there is any doubt about the safety of their well water.

Do not eat any food that has come in contact with the potentially contaminated water, the department said.

The department has specific instructions on how to disinfect a well and is providing free drinking water sample analysis kits for any wells suspected of being contaminated with coliform bacteria due to flooding. Local residents can obtain sample bottles and instructions for disinfection of wells a 1750 Grandstand Place in Elgin. Call 630-444-3040 first to make an appointment.

If there is standing sewage in your yard, the health department recommends roping off the area for a least a week after the water has receded and keeping children and pets away from that area. Household water use should be minimized if your septic system is flooded. All non-biodegradable items should be collected with rubber gloves and disposed of.

Carpentersville: D300 plans Cultural Arts event at Otto

The D300 Foundation will hold its third-annual Otto Cultural Arts on the Fox, from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, showcasing the students of District 300 in the field of visual and performing arts.

It will take place along the Fox River on the property of Otto Engineering, the site of the old Illinois Iron & Bolt Foundry, at 110 S. Lincoln Ave. Admission is $1, and proceeds will benefit the Carpentersville Boys & Girls Club.

“Our Cultural Arts event allows the public to view the wonderful work being done in our District 300 schools for the performing and fine arts,” said Diane Magerko, D300 Foundation Performing and Fine Arts chair. To learn more, visit

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