WOODSTOCK – In partnership with the McHenry-Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District and the McHenry County Department of Health, the McHenry County Community Foundation launched a water well sealing rebate program in January to make it easier for McHenry County residents to properly seal unused or abandoned water wells.
Residents may be eligible for a rebate of up to $500 per water well if all the program requirements are met.
A water well must be properly sealed when it is no longer used for its intended purpose for more than 30 days.
Unused water wells can create a direct pathway for contaminants to reach the groundwater.
Property owners are eligible to participate in the program if the following criteria are met:
• The well to be sealed must be located in McHenry County.
• The well must have been used for residential or domestic uses.
• The well must be sealed by a licensed water well installation contractor.
• The well must be sealed under a permit approved by health department per all applicable ordinance requirements.
• Receipts confirming the payment for the cost of the well sealing must be provided to the McHenry-Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District.
Applications to participate in the Water Well Sealing Rebate Program are available on the McHenry County Community Foundation website www.mccfdn.org, at the McHenry-Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District office or at the health department.
For information, contact the health department at 815-334-4585 or visit www.mcdh.info.