The Kansas Department of Health and Environment hired Larsen & Associates to install a water monitoring well in the Little Caesars parking lot, 319 S. Main, during the week of Aug. 5.
The well will check water quality to make sure city water isn't contaminated.
This is a concern because a gas station used to stand on the property, and gas tanks may have leaked into the soil, causing contamination.
Nick Gregory, city administrator for McPherson, said this is standard practice for the department.
“They're making sure the groundwater is safe,” Gregory said. “This is fairly normal.”
Gergory said the department and company went through the city to get permission to drill, but they won't usually give the city the results.
Steve Schmidt, public works director, said gas station owners will pay into a fund to cover the costs of any impact the business has on the environment. This fund was used to cover the costs of this project.
According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the report on this project will be submitted by Oct. 8 for review. A spokesperson said the report should be available to the public by January 2014.