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Celebrate Groundwater Awareness Week by protecting your water source

More than half of Illinois residents receive their water from groundwater wells.  During Groundwater Awareness Week, commemorated nationally March 8-14, the Illinois Association of Groundwater Professionals (IAGP) would like to remind our area businesses and residents to be responsible groundwater stewards by using water efficiently and checking your well to see it is in the best condition.

Just as you check your furnace or smoke detector batteries seasonally, spring is a good season to have an annual water well checkup before the peak water use season begins, according to the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) and IAGP.

“An annual checkup by a licensed water well contractor is the best way to ensure problem-free service and quality water,” says IAGP Executive Director Nicole Haas.  “Water well professionals can mitigate potential hazards to your well before they become bigger problems for your water quality and your wallet.”

With well ownership comes the responsibility of keeping the water well in good working order. A licensed water well contractor can:

  • Conduct a flow test to determine system output, along with a check of the water level before and during pumping (if possible), pump motor performance (check amp load, grounding, and line voltage), pressure tank and pressure switch contact, and general water quality (odor, cloudiness, etc.).
  • Inspect well equipment to assure it’s sanitary and meets local code.
  • Test your water for coliform bacteria and nitrates, and anything else of local concern. Other typical additional tests are those for iron, manganese, water hardness, sulfides, and other water constituents that cause problems with plumbing, staining, water appearance, and odor.

IAGP also recommends that well owners:

  • Keep hazardous chemicals, such as paint, fertilizer, pesticides, and motor oil far away from your well, and maintain a "clean" zone of at least 50 feet between your well and any kennels and livestock operations.
  • Maintain proper separation between your well and buildings, waste systems, and chemical storage areas.
  • Periodically check the well cover or well cap on top of the casing (well) to ensure it is in good repair and securely attached. Its seal should keep out insects and rodents.
  • Keep your well records in a safe place. These include the construction report, and annual water well system maintenance and water testing results.

Another very important way to protect the quality of our groundwater is by properly sealing unused and abandoned wells on your property.  Even though these wells are not currently in use, they pose a potential risk to contaminate our groundwater and should be sealed with the help of a licensed water well contractor. 

For more information about water well safety and maintenance, finding a licensed contractor in your area or any other groundwater issues, please contact IAGP at (815) 973-3000 or visit




March 27, 2015

10 am to noon

Morgan County Extension Office

104 North Westgate, Jacksonville


Dr. Andrew N. Miller, mycologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, will discuss mushroom identification for many common mushrooms found in Illinois.  In addition, the Morgan County Health Department will present information for those wishing to sell mushrooms at farmers markets or other outlets.


Registration cost $10 per person.

To register, visit  or call 243-7424 by March 26

  Learn about Who Needs A Flu Vaccine.

  • Flu vaccination can keep you from getting sick from flu. Protecting yourself from flu also protects the people around you who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness.
  • Flu vaccination can help protect people who are at greater risk of getting seriously ill from flu, like older adults, people with chronic health conditions and young children (especially infants younger than 6 months old who are too young to get vaccinated).
  • Flu vaccination also may make your illness milder if you do get sick.
  • Flu vaccination can reduce the risk of more serious flu outcomes, like hospitalizations and deaths.
    • A recent study* showed that flu vaccine reduced children’s risk of flu-related pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) admission by 74% during flu seasons from 2010-2012.
    • One study showed that flu vaccination was associated with a 71% reduction in flu-related hospitalizations among adults of all ages and a 77% reduction among adults 50 years of age and older during the 2011-2012 flu season.
    • Flu vaccination is an important preventive tool for people with chronic health conditions. Vaccination was associated with lower rates of some cardiac events among people with heart disease, especially among those who had had a cardiac event in the past year. Flu vaccination also has been shown to be associated with reduced hospitalizations among people with diabetes (79%) and chronic lung disease (52%).
    • Vaccination helps protect women during pregnancy and their babies for up to 6 months after they are born. One study showed that giving flu vaccine to pregnant women was 92% effective in preventing hospitalization of infants for flu.
    • Other studies have shown that vaccination can reduce the risk of flu-related hospitalizations in older adults. A study that looked at flu vaccine effectiveness over the course of three flu seasons estimated that flu vaccination lowered the risk of hospitalizations by 61% in people 50 years of age and older
    So, don't wait--vaccinate!!!  Getting your flu vaccine here at the Health Department helps to fund programs provided to our Morgan County families throughout the year.

    Vaccine is available: Mondays:10-12 and 1-6
                                     Tuesdays: 8-12 and 1-4
                                                            Thursdays and Fridays    8-12 and 1-4

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    A lot of information has been in the news lately about the measles.  Do you want more information about measles?  Follow this link:
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    For more information ---Call us  217-245-5111

      Why Recycle??
        Recycling may require a few extra minutes and conscious commitment.  However, by recycling, the negative impacts on the environment can be minimized and promote a safer and more sustainable community. 
        Recycling conserves energy and our natural resources, saves landfill space, as well as reduces water and air pollution.  As environmental awareness increases, recycling increases in relevance.
        The common montra Reduce, Reuse, Recycle combined with purchasing recycled products comprise a comprehensive waste and resource reduction strategy that benefits our natural world.  For every 1,000 tons of recycled material, 15 jobs are created as compared to less than one job created by land filling the material.
        The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 70% of the waste Americans produce could be recycled.
        The Morgan County Health Department has dedicated a section of our website for information and education to help you with your recycling efforts.
        Recycling is a very important part of our countys waste management.  Click on the page at the left for more information about recycling opportunities in Morgan County.

    WE NEED YOU!!!

    A disaster can strike anywhere, whether it’s a hazardous material or weapons of mass destruction or a natural disaster like a tornado or flood.   Problems arising from emergencies and disasters pose a threat to human health, well-being, and survival.


        In the event of a disaster, the health department would need volunteers to help us help the citizens of Morgan County.  We will need medical staff as well as support and environmental staff.  If  you would be interested in being on our list, please fill out the Volunteer application and send it to us.


      Click here for the Volunteer Application.


     Thank you for your support!