9 Sources of Groundwater Pollution


If you get your water from a private well, it’s important to be aware of the potential sources of groundwater contamination.

Here, we’ve shared the 9 common causes of contaminated groundwater, and how to prevent or treat groundwater pollution.

Natural effects and human activities can both cause groundwater pollution. Here, we’ve shared 9 potential sources of groundwater pollution to be aware of.

Rocks And Soils

Minerals from rocks and soils are a common cause of groundwater pollution.

Septic Systems

If you’re dependent on your own private well water supply for drinking water, there’s a good chance that you’re also dependent on a private septic system to manage your waste.

Hazardous Waste

Industries that produce hazardous waste are legally required to adhere to strict waste disposal practices.

Examples of hazardous waste include:

- Swimming pool chemicals - Gasoline - Paint thinners - Industrial chemicals

If these materials are disposed of incorrectly, pollutants may be carried by rainfall to other areas and may seep through the earth into groundwater supplies.

Storage Tanks Below Ground

There are a few reasons why underground storage tanks might pollute your groundwater. Your well might be positioned too close to a tank.

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