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House and Garden Chemicals

House and Garden Chemicals

 

Contamination Evidence:
  • Detection of chemicals in well water tests.
Causes:
  • Improper use of storage.
  • Improper disposal in backyard, ditches, low ground, septic systems, and overgrown ditches.
Prevention:
  • Proper use.
  • Public information and education.
  • Provide local disposal facilities for unused chemicals and chemical containers.
  • Encourage use of less hazardous products.



Deicing Salts

Deicing Salts

Contamination Evidence:
  • Salty taste in well water.
  • High chloride level in well water tests.
Causes:
  • Runoff from salt storage piles and highways.
Prevention:
  • Proper protection of salt storage
  • Minimize use of salt.
  • Use alternative deicing materials.