If Your City's Well Water Has Chemical Pollutants, Then What—

by Allen Morrison, Asst. Ed.; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1981, Vol. 51, Issue 9, Pg. 65-67

Document Type: Feature article


Synthetic organic chemicals, especially certain solvents, are showing up in groundwater all over the U.S. and in many other industrial countries as well. These substances, some of which have been shown to be carcinogenic in animals are thus contaminating the drinking water supplies of many communities. While most communities choose to close down a contaminated well and try to find new sources of potable water, U.S. EPA is sponsoring research into various treatment options at sites in several states. The most commonly found groundwater pollutants are described, covering their potential health effects, use of carbon filtration, other adsorption media, and aeration to treat contaminated well water. The outlook for future federal regulation of drinking water is reviewed.

Subject Headings: Groundwater pollution | Drinking water | Urban areas | Wells (water) | Water pollution | Water chemistry | Chemicals | Organic chemicals

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