Wellhead Protection Rule
The City of Kendallville and the Kendallville Water Department, to
fulfill the State of Indiana's Wellhead Protection Rule, are updating their
Wellhead Protection Plan. The plan involves sharing information with local
residents and government, mapping the wellhead protection area, and
identifying potential sources of contamination. The Wellhead Protection area
is the area where underground water is pumped for public use.
What is a Potential Contamination Source?
A potential contaminant is anything that might get into your drinking water
that you would not want to drink. You may have a few on your property. A
source is a facility or an activity that could release such a contaminant.
While soil serves as a filter for many things that might otherwise enter the
groundwater, it is not capable of removing everything.
Examples of Potential Contaminant
Leaking underground storage tanks are potential sources of oil, gasoline and
diesel fuel contamination. All tanks that are out of service should be
removed and all new tanks should be constructed in accordance with 329 IAC
Residential lawns and agricultural areas are sources of fertilizers, weed
killers, and pesticides that can run off and seep into soils, potentially
contaminating ground and surface waters.
Livestock manure can also be a source of bacteria and nitrogen that may
contaminate drinking water.
Responsible use of chemicals includes limiting amounts used, careful
handling, proper storage, and reporting spills to the proper authorities
identified in the Wellhead Protection Plan. All pesticide use, application,
storage, mixing, loading, transportation, and disposal must comply with IC
15-3-3.5 and 3.6.