Well Contamination In Santa Clara?Jan 1, 2002 | KGO, CA
The Santa Clara Valley Water District has received information from a state investigation that hundreds of private wells in South Santa Clara County may contain low levels of perchlorate, an oxidizer.
The water district is the local public agency responsible for ensuring a safe supply of drinking water and as such will join Santa Clara County and the city of Morgan Hill in investigating the claim and identifying the nature and extent of potential contamination in the area to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.
Perchlorate is both a naturally occurring and man-made salt that is primarily used as an oxidizer for rocket and missile fuel, as well as for producing highway safety flares, fireworks, matches, dyes and other products. In extreme cases, perchlorate can create health problems in some people.