1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

June 11, 2008

:163 PCB’s in Wells

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:163 EcoTip: Prior to 1973 many water wells with submersible pumps had PCBs in the lubrication fluid. A leaking pump will contaminate an entire water supply. If you have a pre-1980 submersible pump – it is now getting really old and is more likely to fail and leak oil into the water. PCB containing submersible pumps must be disposed as hazardous waste.

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 Additional Information:

Suggested Review:

If you have a well with a pre 1980 submersible pump the EPA provides information at: http://www.epa.gov/compliance/resources/publications/monitoring/tsca/manuals/pcbinspect/pcbinspectapph.pdf

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