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MCCF rebate program encourages residents to seal unused water wells

Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – In partnership with the McHenry-Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District and the McHenry County Department of Health, the McHenry County Community Foundation launched a water well sealing rebate program in January to make it easier for McHenry County residents to properly seal unused or abandoned water wells. 

Residents may be eligible for a rebate of up to $500 per water well if all the program requirements are met. 

A water well must be properly sealed when it is no longer used for its intended purpose for more than 30 days.

Unused water wells can create a direct pathway for contaminants to reach the groundwater. 

Property owners are eligible to participate in the program if the following criteria are met:

• The well to be sealed must be located in McHenry County.

• The well must have been used for residential or domestic uses.

• The well must be sealed by a licensed water well installation contractor.

• The well must be sealed under a permit approved by health department per all applicable ordinance requirements.

• Receipts confirming the payment for the cost of the well sealing must be provided to the McHenry-Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District. 

Applications to participate in the Water Well Sealing Rebate Program are available on the McHenry County Community Foundation website www.mccfdn.org, at the McHenry-Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District office or at the health department.

For information, contact the health department at 815-334-4585 or visit www.mcdh.info. 

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