Jackson Co. Health Dept.

The Jackson County Health Department is looking for Jackson County residents using private well water to participate in free water testing.

Director of the Division of Environmental Health and Emergency Preparedness Bart Hagston says the research project is gathering data on the presence of lead in private water wells.


(Updated: 11:00am 5/18/2018) -- The broken water line at the Rend Lake Conservancy District has been repaired.

The Intercity Water Plant is pumping water into the system with two high service pumps. The lake intake and the treatment plant have returned to service.

The system will be on a boil water order until Intercity Water receives test results showing the water is safe to drink.

Some schools and businesses are shutting down after a major water main break at the Rend Lake Conservancy District.


A marine biologist and bestselling author is in Carbondale as part of a series of documentaries he's making on the power of water.

Wallace J. Nichols' is basing the series on his book entitled  Blue Mind, which examines the effects of water on our health and well-being.

A series of water quality tests in Galesburg last fall revealed that some residents are being exposed to high amounts of lead.  Now a new round of testing at the same 30 homes showed some improvement. 

Kevin Boucher

U.S. State Department

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller interviews Patti Simon and John Oldfield about their ongoing efforts to continue the work of the late Sen. Paul Simon (D-IL) and his Water for the World Act.

Simon Institute to Host Water Discussion

Mar 25, 2013

The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute and the Neighborhood Co-op Grocery are partnering up to sponsor  The Future of Water: Should We Be Worried?

Forty years after the passage of the federal Clean Water Act, Illinois has launched a $1 billion effort to overhaul aging water infrastructure.

Making the announcement on the shore of Lake Michigan in Chicago, Gov. Pat Quinn says the Clean Water Initiative will create 28,500 jobs, protect public health, and drive community and business growth across Illinois. The announcement delivers on the governor’s promise made during his State of the State address this year to rebuild and repair Illinois’ aging drinking water and wastewater infrastructure.