Two Jackson homes added to flush-only advisory area
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TOWN OF JACKSON- Two additional homes in the Town of Jackson are now a part of a state designated flush-only advisory area following a gasoline spill last month, according to the Journal Sentinel.
State officials found elements of the chemical benzene in the homes' well water -- prompting the announcement.
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) strongly urges people living in those homes, as well as those in the flush-only advisory area, to not touch their well water or use it for watering lawns or plants.
The flush-only advisory area extends from the Prairie Meadows Estates subdivision along Wildflower Lane north of Mill Road to the subdivisions along Mockingbird and Hummingbird Drives south of Western Ave. The western boundary is the block of Maple Road between Mill Road and Western Ave. The area extends a few hundred yards east of the pipeline break in the 1800 block of Western Ave.
The West Shore Pipe Line company has found gasoline contamination in 23 private wells. Of those 23 private wells, 18 have detected levels of benzene at or above the federal safe drinking water standard.
An estimated 55,000 gallons of gasoline leaked from a pipeline owned by the West Shore Pipe Line company on July 17 -- forcing the DNR to issue drinking water and flush-only advisories for parts of the Washington County town affected by the spill.
If any resident of the Town of Jackson smells gasoline in their well water, they should call West Shore at (708) 426-4170.