Injection of treated wastewater into aquifers

Ellen Stern Harris ai808 at
Wed Apr 12 16:41:04 EST 1995

The State of California is currently considering approving a 
controversial method to add to the State's potable water supplies.
It is the injection of treated waste water (from sewage treatment plants)
into the aquifers of the State with varying transit times after the water is
spread, often on very porous terrain.

The San Gabriel Valley is one such site, where a quarter of all the wells 
are closed from pollution from industrial solvents.  Another site is in 
the East San Fernando Valley.  Both of these proposals are for Southern 

Sunday April 23 in Northern California at the Sebastopol Veterans 
Memorial Bldg. there will be a symposium on this topic entitled,
"Town Meeting on Wastewater Injection Into The Aquifer in the 'Santa Rosa 
Plain."  The Mayor of Sebastopol will welcome participants. 

 Speakers will address the following topics: "On Jeopardizing the 
Integrity of the Groundwater and Public Health," by Ellen Stern Harris of the
 Fund for the Environment and a former member of the L.A. & Ventura Regional 
Water Quality Control Board;

"On Legionella in Water Sources; Risks and Liabilities," by the attorney 
who reached a settlement over the Legionella outbreak in a Federal office 
building, Jack Dougherty;

"On Pumping wastewater in and Out of the Aquifer: Possible collapse and Cost
of Cleanup," by Tom Cattrall, retired chemical engineer and researcher.

The event is free to the public.  For further information and to make 
reservations contact Ann Maurice at 707-874-3855.  For e-mail comments on 
this topic, please address Ellen Stern Harris at ai808 at

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