Ground Water: How Contaminated?

by Jay H. Lehr, Exec. Dir.; National Water Well Association, Dublin, OH,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1991, Vol. 61, Issue 4, Pg. 72-73


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: It is common knowledge that ground waters, like surface waters, are endangered by pollution from a variety of human activities. Commonsense approaches to the problem are overshadowed by a barrage of scare stories that do nothing except add emotion and tension to the public confusion. This overview notes that use of ground water as an alternative to surface water involves simple solutions for developing self-sufficient water supplies with commonsense management techniques. Misconceptions about its occurrence and movement carried over to the belief that its quality was safe from surface activities. This is not true, but neither are the politically-inspired scare stories offered as news by self-appointed environmentalists. Cleanup of existing polluted ground waters must proceed through correction and prevention methodologies.

Subject Headings: Groundwater management | Groundwater pollution | Groundwater quality | Pollution | Water pollution | Water supply

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