City of Renton
Project: Wellhead Protection Studies
Location: Renton, Washington
The City of Renton obtains most of its water supply from a shallow aquifer
under the mouth of the Cedar River. This water is pumped from six high-capacity
wells at combined rates that commonly exceed 10 million gallons per day.
Because this aquifer is so shallow, it is highly susceptible to contamination
from activities occurring at the surface, particularly in the City’s
commercial and industrial areas. Potential threats have included underground
storage tank leaks, contamination originating from painting practices,
waste soil recycling, and underground gasoline leaks.
To provide an early warning of potential problems, we developed a monitoring
system after delineating capture zones for production wells using a groundwater
flow model we had previously developed for the area. We also identified
potential and actual sources of contamination. In addition, we designed
an extensive monitoring network for groundwater sampling.
Our efforts produced a comprehensive, ongoing monitoring program that
will warn the City of imminent water quality problems.
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