Cumberland Times-News

Local News

December 30, 2012

Groundwater quality in W.Va. generally good, study finds

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Groundwater in West Virginia is generally of good quality but iron, manganese and radon levels are potential concerns, a recent U.S. Geological Survey study found.

The majority of raw, untreated groundwater samples analyzed by USGS scientists met primary criteria for treated drinking water.

But naturally occurring iron and manganese concentrations in more than half the samples exceeded the secondary, non-enforceable guideline for treated drinking water.

Conducted from 1999 to 2008, the study analyzed raw, untreated water samples from 300 wells located in valleys and on hilltops and hillsides. Eighty percent of the wells were public-supply wells.

Researchers also analyzed data from a related monitoring network of 24 wells and springs.

1
Text Only
Local News
Facebook
Must Read
News related video
Escaping Email: Inspired Vision or Pipe Dream? Obama Calls on Hamas to Release Israeli Soldier Hispanic Caucus Slams GOP for Border Bill Shifts Obama: GOP Not Even Trying to Solve Immigration Emory Prepares to Treat American Ebola Cases US Employers Add 209K Jobs, Rate 6.2 Pct House GOP Optimistic About New Border Bill Four Rescued From Crashed Plane Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Russell Simmons, LL Cool J Visit Youth at Jail Raw: Obama Gets Hug From Special Olympian US, UN Announce Deal on Gaza Cease-Fire Despite Moratorium, Detroit Water Worries Remain Faith Leaders Arrested at DC Deportation Protest Family Dispute Cripples Northeast Grocery Chain CDC Warns Travelers Amid Ebola Outbreak US Stocks Plunge, Wiping Out July's Gains