What Can Contaminate Groundwater?
Due to the fact that most of the groundwater is only about 20 feet down from the surface in the aquifer, it is very susceptible to contamination. There are many ways that anyone – from large companies to small businesses and homeowners – can pollute the aquifer. Click on any pollutant below to learn more about how this happens and why it can be dangerous.
- Facilities with historic contamination
- Spills, releases, illegal dumping
- Improper storage of petroleum,chemicals, and hazardous waste
- Improper disposal of petroleum, chemicals, or hazardous waste
- Improperly managed landfills
- Improperly maintained septic systems
- Improperly maintained private wells
- Underground storage tanks (UST)
- Abandoned gravel pits
- Excessive use of fertilizers or pesticides
- Improper dumping of hazardous household waste or toxic substance
- Potential Pollution Source Inventory
- Drastic Map (Image and Interpretation)
- Butler Groundwater Resource Map