DANVILLE — Water issues, both good and bad, bubbled up at the Danville Village Council meeting Monday.
Lonnie McGhee, president of McGhee’s Technical Water Services Inc., spoke to council about some issues that have arisen at three properties on Howard-Danville Road near the village.
McGhee said the water wells of Andy Durbin, Pete Durbin and Shane Henry have been tested by the Knox County Health Department and found to contain benzene and toluene, both derivatives of gas. The KCHD issued letters to them not to use their water and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was notified.
McGhee was at council Monday to let them know that his company, which monitors the Danville water supply, has not found any contaminants and doesn’t believe there will be any issues in the future with this problem.
“There are no contaminants in your water supply. We are not surprised because the wells are on top of the hill,” McGhee said. “We’ve consulted with Groundwater Science and the general feeling is that Danville wells are OK.”
McGhee said the health department gave the property owners three recommendations — Treat their water, buy bottled water or hook into the Danville village water supply.
On a good note, McGhee also gave council the consumer confidence report for the Danville drinking water supply.
Danville’s well field was developed in 2006, just west of Rodmick Street, and the new water plant was completed in 2009. Because the village’s aquifer has a high susceptibility to contamination, the village, McGhee’s and the EPA keep a close eye on the water quality and the report stated the Danville water supply “meets or exceeds all government standards.”
Calls to the health department for more details on the well water issue were unreturned at press time.