Preventing Groundwater Contamination

The following tips from the National Groundwater Association (NGWA) can help homeowners do their part in preventing groundwater contamination:

Hazardous substances:

  • Store them properly in a secure place.
  • Use them according to manufacturers’ recommendations.
  • Dispose of them safely.

Water wells:

  • Make sure your wellhead is a safe distance from possible contamination. If they aren’t, move them.
  • Inspect your water well system annually.
  • Remain current on septic system inspection and cleaning.
  • Use the services of a professional to decommission any abandoned well safety and properly.

 

Two NJ Counties Settle Alleged Federal Law Violations Relating to UST Maintenance and Operation

Underground storage tanks (USTs) can pose significant environmental threats to soil and water if not properly maintained and operated. Monmouth and Middlesex counties in New Jersey have reached separate agreements with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to settle alleged violations of federal laws regarding their underground petroleum storage tank systems. The agreements include fines and upgrades to the counties’ USTs to mitigate future environmental hazards from the systems. Click here for more.

EPA Strengthens UST Regulations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently revised its regulations for Underground Storage Tanks (USTs). Strengthening federal UST regulations established in 1988, the new regulations are more stringent regarding the proper operation and maintenance of UST equipment and are designed to help prevent and detect UST releases, a major cause of groundwater contamination. For more information click here: http://1.usa.gov/1FVxLe0.