Injection of treated wastewater into aquifers
Ellen Stern Harris
ai808 at lafn.org
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 lafn.org
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