The city of Grand Island has received a share in the settlement of a class action lawsuit against the manufacturer of weed killer atrazine.
The city was awarded $38,000 for its share as dictated by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, where the case was litigated.
Atrazine was used widely throughout the Midwest to help control weeds in corn crops. The product was useful as a weed killer, but also contaminated water after seeping into the water table.
Using scientific testing and utility customer data, City Attorney Bob Sivick and Utilities Director Tim Luchsinger prepared a claim on behalf of the Grand Island which was approved by the Honorable J. Phil Gilbert at a hearing held in October 2012.
The Utilities Department was able to find the presence of atrazine in water samples taken throughout the year. The water continues to be monitored to make sure the levels of atrazine do not pose a public health risk.
Sivick stated, "I am pleased to receive these funds on behalf of the city of Grand Island as compensation for potential additional expenses resulting from the contamination of the city's water supply from atrazine. The city's administration and its Utilities and Legal Departments are committed to insuring the people of Grand Island and its water utility customers always have a reliable source of safe, clean drinking water."
The Annual Water Report can be found on
the city's website.