PEORIA — Researchers at the University of Illinois and Northern Illinois University and the Peoria City/County Health Department are looking for 75 volunteers who live in Peoria County and are willing to test their well water for lead.
Lead, which is harmful to everyone, particularly children, can be found in drinking water with public water systems. Researchers are trying to determine if it is found in private wells in Illinois.
Participating residents will be provided a well water test kit for lead and a short questionnaire about water use in the home. The water well test kit and testing are free for participants. Researchers will provide the participants with the results of the testing, including information on how to reduce any high lead levels detected. Summary results are for research only, and direct results will not be shared with government agencies. The study is expected to run through April.
If you would like to participate in this study and receive a free lead test kit for your water well, call the Peoria City/County Health Department at 679-6171, email email@example.com or visit www.pcchd.org for more information.