Stanislaus County needs policy on well use

07/31/2013 7:47 PM

07/31/2013 7:47 PM

That was an interesting article on the well driller (Monday, Page A-1), but his answers were pretty predictable. After all, he drills wells for a living, so the more he drills, the more he makes. And deeper wells pay more.

There is a much larger problem, though. To believe that one has the right to pump as much water as they want from under their property is not only very shortsighted but inaccurate. Water in an aquifer flows to the lowest and deepest pump, so wells are actually pumping out shared water. To continue with the current way of utilizing well water is a recipe for disaster. Water is not replenishing as fast as it is being taken out.

Many acres of agricultural use may not be able to get enough water in the very near future. The county needs to design and implement a policy for water usage from wells before it is too late.



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