Abandoned wells threaten drinking water

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A Source Water Protection Program (SWAP) road sign was put in on Avenue I between 7th and 6th Streets. Pictured in the photo are Public Works Director Barry Calhoun and Water/Wastewater Quality CoordinatorKrystal Mason.

   This is the fourth in a series of articles on the Source Water Protection Program being implemented by City of Bay City.   
   Have you ever dropped stones into the casing of an old well and listened to the sound it makes?   
   Maybe you have leaned over the opening to hear the echo of your own voice bounce back from the mysterious darkness below?    
   These are just two examples of the phenomena that arouse a child’s curiosity and make abandoned wells as intriguing and as dangerous as a discarded icebox with the door still attached. 
   It’s only natural for a person to assume no one would ever fall into this deserted well, as the odds are high against this happening.    
   But it can and has happened numerous times in Texas.    
   Abandoned wells are also a direct conduit to our ground water – a threat to our drinking water.   
   A large number of rural residents, in addition to the City of Bay City, depend upon ground water as a source of drinking water.   
   “A functioning water well serves as a channel for bringing ground water to the surface. An abandoned well, likewise, serves as a funnel for carrying contaminants from the surface to the ground water below. Each year many wells are abandoned without being properly plugged when they are replaced with new wells or when homes are connected to community water systems,” said City of Bay City Director of Public Works Barry Calhoun.  
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