Over 120 private water wells tested in East Palestine

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Nearly a month after a toxic train derailment in East Palestine forced thousands of residents to evacuate their homes, testing in the area continues.

Health officials tell JMN that private water systems in the village are showing no harmful levels of contaminants.

The Ohio Department of Health, working with the Columbiana County Health District, today received verified laboratory results from 11 additional samples from private water systems as of noon Tuesday.

Six of those wells showed no detectable contaminants. Five wells had trace detections at levels well below safe drinking-water standards. There is no evidence that these trace detections are linked to the Norfolk Southern train derailment.

At this time, 126 private wells have been tested in the area. Thirty results of the tested wells have been returned and none have showed evidence of contaminants linked to the train derailment.

Residents near East Palestine who would like their private water systems sampled should call 330-849-3919. As test results are returned, they will be posted at columbiana-health.org/resources/.