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UPDATED: Friday December 7, 2012 8:49 AM

A potentially silent hazard may be flowing into dozens of homes.

The Ohio Department of Health detected the chemicals TCE, and "one and two DCE" in the well water serving the Madison Early Childhood Learning Center.

It prompted them to call in the Ohio Environmental protection agency to check 30 private wells nearby.

Matt Work, The Environmental Health Director with the local health department said that TCE can have long-term damaging effects.

“It can cause problems with the liver and the lungs,” Work said.

A team from the EPA collected samples from wells over the last week and Thursday morning.

Carl Alexander said that he has been drinking his well water for more than three decades and did not plan to change.

“Nah, I’ll just keep on drinking my water,” Alexander said.

Others, like Christie Ferry, worried about the news.

“Do I need to have the kids screened for something? My husband? Is it going to kill the dog?” Ferry said.

Ferry said that she would stock up on store-bought water.

The families are still waiting for the test results to come back. In the meantime, health department officials recommend they use bottled water for cooking and drinking.

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