Rockford assures residents that city water is not contaminated
The City of Rockford Water Division clarified a recent WREX Channel 13 News report that left viewers with the impression that city water is contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
The city released a statement regarding the matter last week:
"The Rockford Water Division wishes to clarify that the water being provided by the city of Rockford, in Southeast Rockford or any other part of Rockford, is not contaminated, and is in compliance with all regulatory standards. The city continues to work with both the State and Federal EPA in regards to the oversight and maintenance of monitoring wells in the area and the connection of the remaining properties to city water."
The water issue arose in 1989, when sampling of private wells within the SE Rockford Superfund Area showed contamination by VOCs. The city responded by installing VOC removal equipment at Unit Well 35, located at 2944 Bildahl St. The city also began connecting homes affected by the water issues to the city water supply. The free connection of more than 800 homes was voluntary. Some homeowners chose to remain connected to their private wells.
Water provided by the Rockford Water Division remains in compliance with all state and federal regulatory standards. It is not contaminated.