Clarification: Jon Ebelt, DPHHS public information officer, clarified it is overly cautious for people who are on city water to stay with bottled water for now. However, it is highly recommended and encouraged that those at greatest risk from lead poisoning to continue to drink bottled water. Those individuals are children six and under and pregnant women.
On Aug. 15, results from tests Great West Engineering performed on all four of the town of Sheridan’s source wells, and the collection point through which the wells feed the system, showed only two of the wells had lead above the level where action is required.
The Department of Environmental Quality requested the town take well two, which had the highest level of lead, offline.
At a public meeting later that day, attended by around 30 residents, Sheridan Mayor Tom Shaffer thanked state, county and town officials for working hard to resolve the issue.
“I know it’s been an inconvenience for everyone,” Shaffer said. “We appreciate your patience.”