Salt Creek Watershed Project
Wells in Nebraska
Nebraska is an agricultural state. Most families that live in Nebraska receive their water from groundwater wells and many of those families live on acreages or farms in which the wells are not treated. Nebraska, along with other states, is fighting major groundwater contamination problems. Our actions concerning groundwater over the last 50-100 years is now starting to catch up with us. For example in the past Carbon Tetrachloride was used to control the bug population on piles of picked corn. Using the old out-of-site, out-of-mind philosophy, the left-over Carbon Tetrachloride was dumped on the ground. The problem is that Carbon Tetrachloride is a carcenogin and is now showing up at dangerous levels in well water across Nebraska.Whether it is Carbon Tetrachloride or Nitrates, Nebraska's wells are being contaminated at a rapid rate and safe drinking water is becoming harder to find.
It is important to have an idea of how wells work; what type of wells we use; and how they can become contaminated. Education is the best prevention of contamination.