Residents hope to make aquifer a primary drinking source

By Beau Ebenezer

May 14, 2014 Updated May 14, 2014 at 10:57 PM CDT

MORTON, Ill. -- Residents in Central Illinois are hoping to keep their water supply safe. But it may not be enough to stop a chemical waste landfill.

The Environmental Protection Agency is reviewing a petition to designate the Mahomet Aquifer system as a primary drinking source.

The aquifer provides water to one million people in Champaign, Clinton, and McLean County.

The petition started in response to Peoria Disposal Company wanting to operate a toxic chemical landfill site on top of the aquifer in Clinton.

"We want to make sure we have all of the information we need before we make a final decision," said EPA Water Division Director, Tinka Hyde. "If folks have information we would love to get their input."

"If you talk about living and people living in a community or living in an area, you don't pollute the water you drink," said McLean County resident, Larry Littell.

If the EPA does make the Mahomet Aquifer a sole-source system, they could regulate federally funded projects within the area.

They will accept public comments until June 12th.

The proposal would not affect PDC's toxic landfill site because they are a private company.

A decision has still not been made on the site.