Kansas residents rely on well and aquifer water sources. These sources may contain several contaminants that can greatly affect the lives and health of Kansans. Testing well and aquifers is important for the health and well-being of our Kansas residents, specifically those residing in areas where Prairie Dog Creek and the alluvial plain surrounding it are the key water sources for large portions of Northwestern Kansas and Southwestern Nebraska. Therefore, the aim of this study is to sample water wells in the alluvial plain of Prairie Dog Creek in Norton and Phillips County, Kansas. Samples were shipped to the Kansas Health and Environment Lab (KHEL) laboratories for analysis. After receiving results from KHEL, we input data into ArcGIS to create maps of the following contaminants: Arsenic, Iron, Nitrate, Sulfate, and Uranium . All contaminants were evaluated against their known MCL (maximum contamination level). All residents were informed of their well’s contaminant results, which were put into a database that contains their well number, contamination results, and location.
Dr. Todd Moore
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"Northwestern Kansas Well Water Contaminant Study,"
SACAD: John Heinrichs Scholarly and Creative Activity Days: Vol. 2023, Article 61.
Available at: https://scholars.fhsu.edu/sacad/vol2023/iss2023/61