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City Water Wells Require Updating as Infrastructure Ages

Water wells are primary source of water for many California towns and small cities.

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community planning for water supply Many cities across California depend on wells for their city water supply. And as America reassesses the state of its community infrastructure, water wells are near the top of the list because communities can't function without fresh water.

The average life span of a well is about 50 years. But cities such as Gustine, CA are using a well that is 65 years old.

Not only is the proper functioning of the well and pipe system a consideration, but with population growth, adequate supply is also part of the reassessment for a community.

Some communities run their waterworks directly off the well with little storage capacity. Water storage capacity becomes important for a growing community that must supply adequate water and pressure to fight fires and to meet high-peak demand periods in the evening and morning as residents use more water.

Cities must also monitor their region's slowly increasing contaminants such as nitrates that come from the water table's shared underground water supply. The watertable connects everything -- from urbanites to agriculture and industry. Urban landscaping also contribute runoff contaminants such as fertilizers and pesticides.

Modernizing water supplies for coming challenges is becoming a hot topic at city councils across the state. Water is no longer taken for granted. Infrastructure is expensive...and complex.

Greening the water supply -- or making it a sustainable part of the community requires a variety of considerations at the planning stage.

  • Economic growth plans
  • Habitat and wildlife
  • Global warming that affects weather patterns -- and severe weather patterns
  • Population projections
  • Financial strategies
... and more.

The California Department of Water Resources, Division of Planning and Local Assistance (DPLA) provides a web portal to help communities plan. This department offers planning, finanical assistance, technical assistance for decisionmakers in the water infrastructure.

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