CWS MahometAquifer ISWS1006SPRINGFIELD- Central Illinois residents have moved one step closer in protecting the Mahomet Aquifer. State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) passed House Bill 1326 to protect residents across Central Illinois from contaminated drinking water.
 
“Our children deserve safe drinking water. These protections will help save Central Illinois’ drinking water for generations to come,” said Bennett. “This proposal will further the mission of the Mahomet Aquifer Protection Alliance by instituting guidelines to protect our underground water source.”

The Aquifer serves as the primary water supply for 14 counties across Central Illinois including Champaign and Vermilion counties.  

The Mahomet Aquifer Protection Alliance is a group of Central Illinois citizens who are committed to keeping the Aquifer free of contamination. Local communities across Central Illinois have banded together to fight disposal of dangerous toxins at the Clinton Landfill, which sits atop the Aquifer.

As a result of their efforts, last year the Mahomet Aquifer was designated as a Sole Source Aquifer, which provides federal protection.  

“Today we move one step closer in achieving our goal. However, we do recognize there may still be more work to do to ensure there is a concrete solution in protecting this valuable resource,” said Bennett.  

HB 1326 passed Senate and House with bipartisan support.

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