Booming beach town secures water supply with new wells, better data
A coastal town reliant on aquifers for its drinking water works to prevent saltwater intrusion by diversifying water sources and installing monitoring equipment to provide near-real-time, actionable data.
During his many years in Bethany Beach, Delaware, Water Department Director Ron Foreman has seen a huge increase in the coastal community’s summertime population and a corresponding surge in water usage.
Foreman worried that the Manokin aquifer, which had for years been the city’s primary water source, could be susceptible to saltwater intrusion during peak demand. He was also concerned that if a spike in conductivity occurred, insufficient water monitoring practices would fail to identify the problem until it was too late.
Determined to be proactive, Foreman partnered with …