Anaheim gets as much as two thirds of its drinking water during a typical year from the groundwater basin that underlies much of northern Orange County. However, there are potential threats to maintaining the quality of our local water supply. Possible sources of contamination near the surface include gas stations, industrial pollution and contamination left over from past agricultural activities.
In order to help protect groundwater, Anaheim Public Utilities applied for and received a grant from the State of California’s Proposition 84 to remove and to seal abandoned wells in Anaheim. These old wells can pose a hazard to groundwater by allowing near surface contamination to travel down the well and spread into deeper drinking water aquifers.
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