Santa Fe Springs looks for alternate sources of water after contamination forces closure of its only two wells

The city’s first attempt at drilling a new well was unsuccessful, and drilling new ones will be expensive, said Noe Negrete, Santa Fe Springs’ public works director.
They include drilling a new well near the San Gabriel River away from the 4.2-mile contaminated plume around the former property of Omega Chemical Corp. The city could also try to fix another well that was drilled but produced water with odors and high temperatures.
Another solution was turning to Downey or Whittier to buy water.
The treatment itself probably won’t start for several years, and the timeline for the total clean up remains uncertain, Praskins said.
Because of the Omega plume, there are only a few areas where Santa Fe Springs can drill for water, Negrete said.
“But on day three we started getting hydrogen sulfied odors and then started noticing (brown) staining on the surface,” Beach said.
Water was produced over the next nine months, but the problem remained.

Trucking Co. Owner Gets Probation for Dumping Into River

Trucking Co.
Owner Gets Probation for Dumping Into River.
By City News Service The owner of a waste-hauling company was sentenced Monday to five years probation for dumping 11,000 gallons of waste water and soap into a tributary of the San Gabriel River in Santa Fe Springs.
David Lee Flury, the 62-year-old owner and operator of Santa Fe Springs-based Flury Industries Inc., pleaded guilty a year ago to a felony charge of water pollution.
Prosecutors asked for him to serve 18 months in prison, but U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson opted for the probationary term.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Johns told the court that although the soapy discharge was non-hazardous to humans, it was harmful to fish and wildlife.
The San Gabriel River, one of the three most important waterways in Southern California, flows into the Pacific Ocean at Alamitos Bay between the cities of Long Beach and Seal Beach.
The city of Santa Fe Springs spent nearly $750,000 cleaning up the shampoo-like waste Flury illegally dumped into Los Coyotes Creek, in an attempt to “cut corners” when disposing tens of thousands of gallons of waste products from his customers.
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Gateway Trucking Company Owner Gets 5 Years Probation for Illegal Dumping

Gateway Trucking Company Owner Gets 5 Years Probation for Illegal Dumping.
LOS ANGELES, CA — The owner of a waste-hauling company was sentenced to five years probation Monday for dumping 11,000 gallons of waste water and soap into a tributary of the San Gabriel River in Santa Fe Springs.
David Lee Flury, the 62-year-old owner and operator of Flury Industries Inc., a Santa Fe Springs-based waste-hauling company, pleaded guilty a year ago to a felony charge of water pollution.
Prosecutors asked for him to serve 18 months in prison, but U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson opted for the probationary term.
The San Gabriel River, one of the three most important waterways in Southern California, flows into the Pacific Ocean at Alamitos Bay between the cities of Long Beach and Seal Beach.
Flury had previously been indicted in Los Angeles federal court on multiple felony counts, including water pollution, mail and wire fraud, witness tampering, destruction of evidence and identity theft.
The grand jury indictment alleged that Flury used interstate wire communications and the mail system to defraud about 17 customers out of more than $350,000.
The indictment alleged that Flury told his customers that he would pick up their various waste products and transport the waste for disposal at a facility licensed to receive and dispose of such waste products.
Instead, Flury illegally dumped tens of thousands of gallons of waste products into the San Gabriel River and desert areas in Riverside County, he admitted.
— City News Service, photo via Shutterstock