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DNR issues Areawide Drinking Water and Flush Only Advisory due to Town of Jackson gasoline spill
News Release Published: July 31, 2012 by the Southeast Region
Zoe McManama, Water Supply Specialist, 414-263-8626
Marcus Smith, Regional Public Affairs Manager, 414-263-8526
MILWAUKEE -- The Department of Natural Resources is issuing an Areawide Drinking Water and Flush Only Advisory due to contamination from a gasoline spill that occurred on July 17, 2012, from a petroleum product pipeline located in the Town of Jackson, Washington County. Water samples from private wells located near the spill have detected gasoline compounds above health advisory levels.
The area included in this Drinking Water Advisory is bounded by the following roads:
- Western Boundary – Jackson Road,
- South Boundary – Spring Valley Road,
- East Boundary – Center Road; and,
- North Boundary – Sherman Road.
This area is more specifically described as all or parts of the following:
Western 1/2 of Section 27, Section 28, Section 29, Northern 1/2 of Section 32, Northern 1/2 of Section 33, Northwestern 1/4 of Section 34, Township 10 North, Range 20 East.
Private well owners in this area should use bottled water, or water from a known safe source for drinking, cooking and food preparation.
The boundaries of this areawide advisory were selected to be precautionary. Not all the homes in this area have wells that have been impacted by the spill. Areas within this boundary that may be served by water from the Village of Jackson municipal system are not subject to this advisory. Water sample results are reviewed daily and the boundaries will be adjusted as needed.
Should anyone notice the smell of gasoline in their water they should immediately stop using the water and contact West Shore Pipeline at: 708-426-4170.
Within this Areawide Drinking Water Advisory, the Department of Natural Resources also is issuing a Flush Only Advisory for the following area:
- Subdivision along Wildflower Lane to the north of Mill Road; and,
- Subdivision along Mockingbird and Hummingbird Drives south of Western Avenue, and generally bounded between these two subdivisions in an east-west direction.
Homes in this area should use their water only for flushing toilets. This means no skin contact, no laundry, no bathing and no lawn or garden watering. People in the Flush Only Advisory area will be contacted by West Shore Pipeline Company or the Department of Natural Resources.
People in the Areawide Drinking Water Advisory should contact the following individuals to make arrangements for bottled water:
- Jana Olthoff – West Shore Pipeline Company at 708-426-4170;
- Scott Ferguson –Department of Natural Resources at 414-263-8685;and,
- Zoe McManama Department of Natural Resources at 414-263-8626.