For Immediate Release
January 20, 2012

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

KDHE Hosting Meeting in Andover in Response to Domestic Well Contamination

TOPEKA, Kan. —  The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), in conjunction with NuStar Energy, LP (NuStar), will be hosting a neighborhood meeting in Andover, Kan., . on Thursday, Jan. 26 to discuss the activities conducted in response to reports earlier this month of a petroleum-like odor in a domestic water well in the Easter Addition community.

The meeting will be held at the Andover Public Library, 1511 E. Central Ave., Andover, Kan., at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26. KDHE and NuStar representatives will discuss the results from water samples and the considerations for follow-up response activities. This public forum is an opportunity for affected residents to receive information about the testing that has taken place and ask questions.

On Jan. 5, KDHE responded to a report of a petroleum-like odor in a domestic water well in the Easter Addition neighborhood near Andover. After investigating the initial report of contamination and collecting water samples, KDHE and NuStar initiated a neighborhood-wide domestic well sampling program, attempting to collect samples from each home in the neighborhood. All residences were offered bottled water service through Culligan as a short-term solution, with whole-home carbon treatment systems being installed by Culligan (at NuStar’s expense) upon laboratory confirmation that contaminant concentrations exceeded federal drinking water standards. Some whole-home treatment systems were presumptively installed based on field screening. Sample results indicated benzene and other petroleum hydrocarbon-related contaminants in some wells at concentrations above the applicable drinking water standards.

As of Jan. 19:

These investigation findings do not suggest any impacts to public water in Andover, which is obtained from the City of Wichita. The contamination appears to be localized and impacts several private groundwater wells in the Easter Addition neighborhood.