Well Water in Alaska

Ground water/ Well Usage in Alaska

Pros – Large land area with plentiful of groundwater associated with (Tanana Basin aquifer, Cook Inlet aquifer, River-valley alluvial aquifer)As well, Alaskan is assumed to require minimum treatment, although not much survey has been done in most aquifers

Cons-  Permafrost and rough terrain makes it extremely difficult to nearly impossible in some areas to access the aquatic systemsMany ground water have not yet been surveyed and studied to accurately detect particulates

Economic cost of extracting ground water can be costly and potentially hazardous to the environment.

Overall, Benefits come from the possibility of cleaner tasting water that have not been treated with heavy chemicals. Well water drinkers state that the taste quality of well water is generally superior than the ones that come from municipalities.

The cleaning process (if accessible) cuts down on pollution, as the filtering process does not require much machinery, if any.

People save money on their water each year, eliminating usage fee.  As well people can become more independent in their living situations

https://water.usgs.gov/ogw/aquiferbasics/ext_unconsol.html

http://academic.emporia.edu/schulmem/hydro/TERM%20PROJECTS/2007/Visser/code.htm

http://dnr.alaska.gov/mlw/welts/#/?page=show-welts-intro-template

http://www.alaskawaterwellassoc.org

http://water.epa.gov/drink/local/ak.cfm

 

2 comments for “Well Water in Alaska

  1. carl
    February 20, 2014 at 12:14 am

    Pretty neat stuff Bennett, now I’m thirsty…off to get some water.

  2. February 23, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    I can really appreciate the taste of well water. When I first arrived in Fairbanks I heard about the well water at Fox, so I would take the drive to Fox and fill up my water cooler jug. Now the well has dried up, so it is back to tap water.
    I never used to think about the damage we do to the underground freshwater, but once we contaminate the aquifers it can have huge consequences.
    http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/20131011/interior-alaska-residents-left-thirsty-after-legendary-interior-well-runs-dry

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