The Kentucky Avenue Wellfield (KAW) was developed in 1962 as part of the Elmira Water Board system, which supplies water to over 60,000 residents in Elmira, Elmira Heights, and Horseheads. The site is at the confluence of two major valleys within the Chemung River Basin in the south-central part of the county. The wellfield overlies the Newtown Creek aquifer and includes three test wells and a production well. The wellfield was closed in 1980 with the discovery of trichloroethylene (TCE) in the water supply. Private water wells in the area and a second wellfield, the Sullivan Street Wellfield, located downgradient of the KAW, were also found to be contaminated with TCE. The Elmira Water Board is using alternative water supplies instead of the KAW to supply residents. There are an estimated 11,000 people living within a mile of the site. The area surrounding the site is a combination of residential, commercial, and industrial areas, with little or no agricultural activity. Site Responsibility: This site is being addressed through Federal and potentially responsible parties' actions.
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