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Contaminated water is called leachate and is produced when waste becomes saturated with water. Wastes with high moisture content or which receive artificial irrigation, rainwater, surface or groundwater infiltration produce leachate and methane gas. Once a rubbish dump is saturated, annual precipitation of 36 inches per year can percolate around 1 million gallons of contaminated water per acre. In turn, if a leachate reaches ground or surface water it could contaminate water supply wells.