We had a very successful Private Well Water Testing Event on November 5th at The Garlands. Part of every one of BACOG’s testing events is EDUCATION, and part of the education offered is presentations by experts on topics related to wells and septic systems, water quality, and the like.
PHARMACEUTICALS ARE A PROBLEM. As you know, we had “Drug Take Back” with Lake County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) during the water testing event. This is highly related to groundwater quality because flushing pharmaceuticals is an avenue for medications to get into our drinking water. Wastewater treatment plants do not remove pharmaceuticals, nor do septic systems. Both systems pass them right through to streams (Flint Creek) and to groundwater (shallow aquifers). Be part of the solution: Don’t flush or toss!
SPEAKERS & PRESENTATIONS. At the November 5th well water testing event, our experts spoke to these issues:
- Deputy Sheriff Roman Buchberger, LCSO: Why and how people should dispose of old medications especially opioids; how collected drugs are disposed of; and local locations to drop off your drugs.
- Hydrologist Amy Gahala, from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS): Emerging contaminants in shallow aquifer groundwater, including pharmaceuticals, microplastics and PFAS.
- Janet Agnoletti, BACOG: Our programs that monitor groundwater supply and water quality.
Amy Gahala’s power point slides are linked below. Notable in her presentation was research showing that the primary source of pharmaceuticals in groundwater is septic systems. And the amount of plastic already in groundwater is alarming.
DRUG COLLECTION. LCSO reported that 94.9 pounds of pharmaceuticals were brought to BACOG’s “Drug Take Back” during the well water testing event. Deputy Sheriff Dave McNichol emailed me the following: “This is a very impressive total for just a few hours of collection.” Their office offered to do another event for all the BACOG communities during a DEA Take-back Day in 2020.