Salty groundwater major problem for Temecula Wine Country

on 03/04/11 at 10:34 am

Wine

The aquifer below Temecula Valley Wine Country may lack the capacity to absorb more salt without degrading water quality, and the consequences could hamper efforts to add large wineries.

A state board has enacted new restrictions on the size of septic systems for new wineries. The rules have greatly hindered winery projects in the planning stages, said Mitra Mehta-Cooper, a Riverside County planner who deals with Wine Country issues.

As one water district studies salt levels, another is examining sewer lines for Wine Country, home to at least 30 wineries and a popular tourist destination. A sewer system would protect groundwater, but it’s not clear how much it would cost or who would pay for it.

{Full story via Press-Enterprise}

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