Fresno/Clovis Water Management Plan

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by William E. Burmeister,
Dave Peterson,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Management in the '90s: A Time for Innovation

Abstract: The Fresno/Clovis Metropolitan Area (FCMA) in California has historically relied solely on untreated, undisinfected groundwater as a source of potable water to serve 500,000 people. Contamination was discovered in some wells, and cones of depression in areas of heavy pumping have caused contamination to spread within the basin. Major plumes of groundwater contamination occur throughout the study area. Most of the agricultural contaminants in FCMA groundwater are the consequence of routine pesticide application to thousands of acres of surrounding farmland. Commercial and industrial contaminants are primarily due to poor storage and handling practices, improper disposal or leaking underground tanks. Potable water distribution systems in the FCMA were constructed based on dispersed wells and a location distribution network. The loss of wells has created local areas of low pressure during peak demand periods and inhibited the ability of the systems to provide fire protection.

Subject Headings: Water management | Groundwater pollution | Pollutants | Industrial facilities | Water resources | Irrigation water | Water quality | Wells (water) | North America | California | United States

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