Palo Alto residents ask city to study impacts of groundwater pumping

“Some residents want the city to put a stop to groundwater pumping for basement excavations and study the impact of dewatering on structures and vegetation, especially as the drought persists,” writes Jacqueline Lee, Daily News Staff Writer at the Mercury News.

“Keith Bennett asked the City Council earlier this month to issue a moratorium on pumping, which is mostly needed in Old Palo Alto, until the city figures out a way to regulate the practice,” reports Lee.

“…Bennett and other residents who share his concerns say they believe groundwater pumping lowers the water table to the point where subsidence occurs. In the past year, a handful of his neighbors saw their homes damaged, possibly as a result of the ground settling. One had a tile floor separate and another had a window crack,” writes Lee.

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