THE BROOKSIDE AREA IS CRITICAL TO OUR WATER SUPPLY
Water and Geology Talk with Joe Duggan
Wellesley Water and Sewer Superintendent
November 15, 2011, Wellesley Free Library
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Schmutzdecke: from German, meaning "dirt cover."
The complex biological layer formed on the surface of a slow sand filter, which provides effective purification in potable water treatment, the underlying sand being the support medium for this biological treatment layer. The composition of any particular schmutzdecke varies, but will typically consist of a gelatinous biofilm matrix of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, rotifer and a range of aquatic insect larvae. Hence, sometimes "muck" can do good things!
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Mass DEP Priority Resource and Water Supply Protection Area Maps
Active link to these maps and others: http://www.mass.gov/mgis/mapping.htm
Town Map of Watershed Area
Six of the Town's Water Wells are located within the Brookside Area, making it a Well Head Protection Area. The area is also a Level 2 Water Supply Protection District
Showing Wells, Aquifers and Wellhead Protection Areas
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