MOUNT VERNON — Tests continue to monitor water quality for the Village of Danville and selected rural area residents.
“We got the word back about the sampling we had done, and everything is non-detect,” said Heather Lower, spokesperson for the Environmental Protection Agency, regarding the Danvillee municipal water supply.
Lower explained that samples were taken at the municipal water supply as well as select residential water wells which had previously tested high for the contaminants of benzene and toluene.
“We did not detect the same things in those wells,” said Lower of the findings in the public water supply.
Letters were sent to three residents along the Howard-Danville Road in early May from the Ohio Department of Health. These letters were informing them of the detected contaminants in their well water, plus gave them recommendations to not use their water for drinking plus what other measures should be taken.
“We are awaiting the Ohio Department of Health to come back in to take some repeat samples in the near future,” said Nate Overholt, environmental health director for the Knox County Health Department. “ODH suggested that we wait a few months and take samples again and see where the levels are.”
The EPA is to continue working with the health department and the Village of Danville in routinely monitoring the quality of the area’s water resources.
Howard-Danville Road residents Andy Durbin, Pete Durbin and Shane Henry received letters from the Ohio Department of Health recommending they discontinue the use of well water at their residences on May 8. This came after tests were administered of their well water with findings showing the presence of benzene and toluene, both derivatives of gas. The letters from ODH recommended the residents use bottled water, have their water treated or hook up to the Village of Danville’s public water system.