Thursday, July 5, 2012
Wells all over the valley serving small rural communities are fraught with all manner of chemical and/or bacterial problems. It may look like water but chemical/biological tests tell another story. The Federal Govt. sets primary drinking water standards for all states and they are required to comply with these standards, in additions some states have secondary standards that are over and above primary Federal Drinking Water Standards.
We are using water that is millions of years old in Caldwell and once used the aquifer is depleted by the amount drawn out. Problems we are not addressing as a community is using potable water to keep lawns green. We should be taking steps to use irrigation water 100% for outdoor uses. Most of the newer homes have this water available but where I live I have no option but to use city potable water to keep my trees and lawn watered.
It would seem reasonable to form LID's where potable water is used for irrigation and get this changed over just as a matter of saving drinking water for future generations.
Posted by Paul Alldredge at 3:02 PM