Did you know that most of the water used by humans in Texas comes from under the ground? Groundwater is stored naturally in aquifers beneath the Earth’s surface and is pumped out to provide water for human use. All of the nine major and 20 minor aquifers in Texas have experienced some form of contamination.
Viewer Tip: Contamination of groundwater is often made possible by the presence of abandoned wells, which provide direct access for chemicals and toxins to reach aquifers. If you have an abandoned well on your property or know of the location of one, make sure that the well is properly plugged to prevent unnecessary contamination. A landowner’s guide to properly plugging wells can be found at: www.tceq.state.tx.us/comm_exec/forms_pubs/pubs/rg/rg-347.html.
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(Source: Texas Environmental Profiles: Water Quality. Available at: http://www.texasep.org/html/wql/wql.html.; Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. A Landowner’s Guide to Plugging Abandoned Wells. Available at: http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/comm_exec/forms_pubs/pubs/rg/rg-347.html.)