Maryland groups concerned over well supply protections

Water is a resource that for most of us is out of sight and out of mind.

But if you're one of the 1.1 million Marylanders that depend on a well for your water, you might be surprised how little there is to protect the supply.

Many Marylanders tap into wells, more than 200 feet underground to turn ground water into to fresh water for their home.

Richard Romer is with the Chesapeake Environmental Protection Association.

His group is concerned about how safe that water is with more development and more non-pervious surfaces, like parking lots, our underwater system is having trouble replenishing it's water supply.

“Eventually we are not going to have sufficient water  coming out of the ground to support people and agriculture,” Romer said.

Romer says one of the problems is that Maryland doesn't have a good way to monitor how safe the water is. To do that wells must be drilled to test it. Those wells can cost upward of $15,000.

“We need more data to make better decisions about growth and where it takes place and decisions about recharging the aquifers,” Romer said.

The Maryland Department of the Environment said they share some of the same concerns.

“Someone needs to be an advocate to the legislature to come up with the funding for the new wells to define what's going on with the aquifers,” Romer said. “How long will [the wells] last at Maryland's current population level, at the projected population levels, which is projected to grow.”

SEE: MDE: Deeper wells needed in some areas of Maryland 

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