|Why should I care about wellfields?||Am I located in a wellfield?||How does this affect my business?||What are potential contaminants?||Is more required of my business if it's in a wellfield?||What can I do to help protect groundwater?||Where can I get more information?|
|Why should I care about a wellfield?||For many years we believed that our groundwater was protected from contamination by being underground. We now know that substances on the surface can seep down and contaminate our drinking water supply. As Central Indiana grows, our only source of additional water supply will be groundwater.|
|Am I located in a wellfield?||
This sign is located on streets around the boundaries of wellfields to let us know that we are entering these protection areas and that we need to be especially careful not to let potential contaminants reach the ground. If they do they could seep into the ground and reach our groundwater. Click here for the " Interactive Wellfield Locator Map."
|How does this affect me in the Metal Fabrication Industry?||
1) If you are careful to contain your contaminants, you will avoid polluting your site, or environs and avoid a potentially expensive clean-up down the road.
2) Voluntary action now will avoid the need for government regulations.
3) Being a good neighbor in your wellfield is good for your business - it will be appreciated by your customers.
|What are the potential contaminants?||
In the metal fabricating industry, metal sludge would the most obvious hazard. But items used to cut, clean and coat metal products must also be considered. Keeping chemicals off the ground is the major goal.
|Is more required of my business if its in a wellfield?||
NO. You're not currently required by regulations to do any more than businesses outside the wellfield do, BUT like all businesses, those within the wellfield are encouraged to keep contaminants from being spilled or poured on the ground. (For information on special permit regulations, call the Indianapolis Dept. of Metropolitan Development at 317-327-8700.)
|What can I do to help protect groundwater?||
There are several easy things you can do to help prevent groundwater contamination:
∑ Segregate metal dusts and scrap for resale.
∑ Recycle oil from cutting/machining operations, when possible.
∑ Use less hazardous degreasing and cleaning agents, such as alcohol or hydrogen peroxide, where practical
∑ Replace chemical pickling processes with mechanical abrasive processes where possible.
∑ Recycle metal sludge through a metal recovery vendor.
∑ Clean-up minor spills (1/2 to 5 gallons) with granular absorbents, such as cat litter, and have it hauled away by a licensed disposal company.
∑ Train all employees on spill prevention and containment
|Where can I get more information?||
County Wellfield Education Corporation (MCWEC)