WATER PROTECTION ZONES
Did you know that
the majority of Riverdale sits on top of our drinking water aquifer? The
aquifer beneath the surface is tapped into by Riverdale City for drinking
water. Riverdale operates two wells within the City. There are also several
wells operated by Weber Basin Water. The areas above these aquifers are
Source Water Protection Zones.
Source Water Protection
Zones have been set up to help protect our drinking water from being contaminated.
Once a drinking water source becomes contaminated, the water must be treated.
If it cannot be treated a new source must be found. Both of these options
are very expensive and the cost of doing so must be passed on to the customers.
It is far better to protect our drinking water from contamination in the
What can you do to
protect our drinking water? The best way to protect our drinking water
source is through education. Everyone needs to realize that what is poured
onto or spread upon the ground will seep into the soil and can eventually
find its way into our drinking water source. Even a small amount of a
contaminant such as motor oil will seep into the ground. It may take years
to find its way to the ground water but it will get there. Listed below
are ways you can help protect our drinking water.
- Never pour used
oil, antifreeze, solvents, oil based paints, or hazardous chemicals
onto the soil. Dispose of them properly through the Weber County landfill.
- Do not over-fertilize.
An overabundance of fertilizer will seep through the soil and into
the drinking water.
- Do not use excessive
amounts of pesticides.
As part of an ongoing
education program, future newsletters will provide more information about
Source Water Protection Zones. You may also find out more by visiting
the following websites: http:/www.deq.state.ut.us/eqdw/source_protection_intro.htm
For question please contact Shawn Douglas at 394-5541 ext. 1217.