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.
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.
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 9.
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.