Contaminant discovered in well water

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Perchlorate in high doses has been connected to thyroid problems. One part per billion is roughly the volume of one grain of sand in an Olympic-size swimming pool. The well, which taps into the deep Saugus Aquifer, is located within 1,000 feet of another well that was capped due to perchlorate contamination in 1998. Decades of munitions testing and manufacturing at the 996-acre Whittaker-Bermite property north of Soledad Canyon Road has left a chemical plume in the aquifer – one of Santa Clarita Valley’s prime water sources. Eight water wells – including NC-13 – have tested positive for perchlorate. Though officials are unsure about the exact size of the plume, studies by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers suggest it is moving west and northwest, Diaz said. Officials with Whittaker Corp., which is charged with decontaminating the property, did not return calls for comment Monday. But Cole said the company will pay for the construction of a monitoring well between NC-13 and the Bermite property. NEWHALL – Trace amounts of perchlorate, a component of rocket fuel, have been discovered in a Newhall County Water District well near the contaminated Whittaker-Bermite site. Routine tests conducted several months ago detected presence of the chemical at well NC-13, located near the Circle J Ranch subdivision and Oakdale Canyon. The district continues to operate the well, but will conduct further tests and analyses, said General Manager Steve Cole. The amount of perchlorate found was minimal – from undetectable to up to 1.9 parts per billion, he said. State standards requiring agencies to report the presence of perchlorate is about 4 parts per billion, while the state recommended level for safe drinking water is about 6 parts per billion. “It was detected at a very low concentration,” Jose Diaz, project manager with the state Department of Toxic Substances Control overseeing cleanup at Whittaker-Bermite, said Monday. “We’re doing investigations in the general vicinity of that well to determine where the plume extends.” “They will be able to pull samples from those special zones as far as what effects it has on our wells in case of increase concentration,” he said. “It’ll give us data in overall risks that’s out there.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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