Read the full article by Tom Cullen (Storm Lake Times Pilot)

“Select water systems in Buena Vista and Cherokee counties will be tested for forever chemicals at the end of the month.

Samplings will be collected Aug. 30 from Alta, Albert City and a portion of Cherokee Rural Water that serves Meriden and Larrabee, according to Corey McCoid, supervisor of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ water supply operations. The results will be analyzed at an out-of-state lab and disseminated through the DNR’s online dashboard by mid-October.

‘We’re rounding out some of the smaller communities that were on the list,’ said McCoid. ‘We don’t have enough resources to sample everybody, so we found ones that really needed to.’

McCoid added the DNR has targeted the three systems and around two-dozen others because they might use wells with thin layers of filtration or have remote proximity to biosolid application — usage of municipal wastewater solids on farm fields as fertilizer.”