Santa Cruz quarries: Study identifies not-so-free refill for water-stressed area

SANTA CRUZ, California – A nearly quarter-million dollar study is under way to see if water, long drawn hastily from beneath the Santa Cruz Mountains, can be replenished.

County water officials are looking at abandoned quarries as possible sites to let surface water percolate back underground, and wells to push water down instead of pulling it up.

The rather elaborate schemes come as more simple water solutions are exhausted. Drinking water supplies across the state are languishing amid a growing demand for freshwater, and adding life to California’s dwindling aquifers has become a viable way of sustaining supplies.

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Source : Santa Cruz Sentinel