The residents of the City of Wayland rely on groundwater as their source for drinking water. Thus, a voluntary program Wellhead Protection Program (WHPP) was established along with a team to oversee the program. The goal of the WHPP is to protect the City's drinking water from contamination.
Wellhead Protected Areas (WHPAs) were established for the City's municipal wells. From the outer edge of this area, it would take 10 years for contamination to reach the City's wells. Potential and existing sources of contamination were identified and mapped within the WHPAs. Public education and management activities have been implemented to educate the public about the importance of groundwater protection.
The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
is a great resource and provides a variety of information related to Wellhead Protection.
|PROTECT OUR DRINKING WATER
- Properly plug abandoned wells on your property.
- Be aware of dangerous household hazardous chemicals and never dump them directly on the ground.
- Consider alternatives to household products that contain hazardous materials.
- Participate in a Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day.
- Recycle used motor oil, brake and transmission fluid. May service stations will accept used oil.
- Pick up and dispose of animal waste.
- Follow instructions and soil test recommendations when using pesticides and fertilizers. Over-application is harmful.
- If you have a private well, test your water annually.
- If you have a septic system, have it checked every other year to ensure that it is functioning properly. Septic systems should be pumped every three years.
- Get involved in the Wayland Wellhead Protection Program.
- Inform the City of Wayland of potential sources of contamination.