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Landowners should make sure that abandoned wells are properly sealed

With spring and warmer weather soon drawing children outdoors, it is a good time for farmers and rural landowners to check abandoned wells.

"There are an estimated 150,000 to 300,000 of these wells in Missouri. If left unplugged, these are a physical threat to children and a potential source of groundwater contamination," said Bob Broz, a University of Missouri water quality specialist.

"If a well is not properly sealed, children

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