Superfund Site: WRIGHT GROUND WATER CONTAMINATION
WRIGHT, KS

Superfund Site Profile

SITE BACKGROUND

The Wright Ground Water Contamination Site is located in Wright, Kansas. The site was initially identified in July 1988 when a private well was tested. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and nitrates were detected at elevated levels in the groundwater sample. A number of additional groundwater sampling investigations were conducted at the site between 1988 and 1994. Groundwater sampling investigations during these investigations indicated approximately 45 of 70 water supply wells were contaminated at concentrations exceeding several state and federal drinking water standards. Contaminants identified in groundwater samples included VOCs, herbicides, and nitrogen compounds. The site was listed on the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1996. During this time frame, an Engineering Evaluation/Cost Assessment (EE/CA) was completed in 1995 which evaluated options for provisions of an alternative water supply to the community of Wright. The public water supply system was completed in 1997.