Superfund Site: CLARE WATER SUPPLY
CLARE, MI

Superfund Site Profile

SITE BACKGROUND

The Clare Water Supply site covers most of downtown Clare, Michigan and includes the city's Municipal Wellfield.  Two of the four municipal wells are contaminated chronically with low levels of chlorinated hydrocarbons such as trichloroethene and intermittently by hydrocarbons such as benzene. The aquifer serving the municipal wells became contaminated by multiple sources that came from an adjacent industrial park. The facilities in this area, located just northwest of the wellfield, released contaminants from leaking underground storage tanks, above ground waste piles, sludge lagoons that spilled over during rains to surface water that recharged the wellfield, and from vapor degreasers that leaked through floor drains inside of one of the facilities.