Superfund Site Profile
The Tutu Wellfield site is located in east-central St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The site consists of a plume of contaminated groundwater covering an area about 108 acres in size. Contamination was first detected when a strong petroleum odor from the Tillet Well, a public water supply well for the area, was reported. An investigation indicated that volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were contaminating several public, institutional, commercial and private wells. Water from some of these wells was transported to other parts of the island. Many contaminated wells, including the Tillet Well, were shut down. After immediate actions to protect human health and the environment, EPA put the site’s long-term cleanup plan in place. Treatment and monitoring of contaminated soil and groundwater are ongoing.