The Affect of Fire on Surface and Groundwater

There is a growing body of evidence that we need to be concerned about water quality issues after a fire.  These impacts are cumulative as a result of pollutants mobilized from fires, chemicals used to fight fire, and postfire responses. Some of the studies noted below have examined postfire transport into water resources of trace elements, including the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), which are organic pollutants produced during combustion and are considered carcinogenic and harmful to humans. PAH are also known to adversely affect survival, growth, and reproduction of many aquatic species.

Wildfires and resulting burn areas can create hydrologic hazards for surrounding communities, including water-quality issues, flooding, and debris flow.

For more information on the effects on surface water - specifically our local creeks - see our blog on this.

One way to address the affects of fire is to install a Water Filtration or Reverse Osmosis System, or both.  Click here to see more info on these types of systems - we will work with you to address your property's specific issues associated with direct or indirect fire impacts.

 

https://ca.water.usgs.gov/highlights/2017/10/wildfires-water-quality

 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/25072713/

https://ca.water.usgs.gov/wildfires/wildfires-water-quality.html

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