Is Septic Waste Affecting Drinking Water From Shallow Domestic Wells Along the Platte River in Eastern Nebraska?

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Title Is Septic Waste Affecting Drinking Water From Shallow Domestic Wells Along the Platte River in Eastern Nebraska?
Creator Verstraeten, Ingrid M.; Fetterman, Greg S.; Sebree, Sonja K.; Meyer, Michael T.; Bullen, Thomas D.
Subject Water quality; Groundwater; Aquifers; Organic water pollutants
Spatial Coverage Nebraska; Platte River (Neb.)
Description More than 100 million people in the United States use ground water as their source of drinking water (Tuthill and others, 1998), and about one-third of the rural and water-front population (25 to 30 percent of the households) in the United States uses septic systems for wastewater disposal (Robertson and others, 1991; McAvoy and others, 1994; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2000). Septic tanks serve primarily as settling chambers removing solids from the sewage. In sand and gravel aquifers characterized by large pore sizes that allow for relatively easy and rapid transport of water and contaminants, concentrated plumes of dissolved constituents from septic systems can occur in the shallow part of the aquifer and can affect the quality of drinking water withdrawn from domestic wells. In Nebraska, a large number of shallow sand-point wells are used to obtain drinking water in private households, even though their construction for consumptive uses has been banned since 1987 (Nebraska Department of Health and Human neutrons), prescription and nonprescription drugs, and organic contaminants thought to be present in wastewater. These and other tracers are useful for determining whether drinking water from domestic wells has been affected by water and constituents from a septic system. Samples were analyzed at the Nebraska Department of Health, the USGS National Water Quality Laboratory, and several USGS research laboratories.
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Contributors Lower Platte South Natural Resources District, the Lower Platte North Natural Resources District; The Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District; The Lower Platte River Corridor Alliance
Date 2004
Type Text
Format application/pdf
Digitization Specifications pdf file copied from USGS website (http://water.usgs.gov/pubs/fs/fs07203/). Uploaded into CONTENTdm version 3.7.
Identifier http://water.usgs.gov/pubs/fs/fs07203/
Source Verstraeten, Ingrid M.; Fetterman, Greg S.; Sebree, Sonja K.; Meyer, Michael T.; Bullen, Thomas D. , Is Septic Waste Affecting Drinking Water From Shallow Domestic Wells Along the Platte River in Eastern Nebraska?: U.S. Geological Survey Fact sheet 072-03, p4.
Language eng
Rights Management Public Domain, Courtesy of the USGS
Holding Institution University of Utah
Metadata Cataloger Kristin Willmore
ARK ark:/87278/s60g3j20
Setname wwdl_er
Date Created 2005-08-23
Date Modified 2021-05-06
ID 1145798
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s60g3j20
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