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Helping Well Owners Keep Their Water Safe

By Staff Editor
Jan 4, 2014 - 1:33:17 PM

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( is good news for homeowners who want to protect the safety and quality of their well water.

There is a new set of information tools designed to help household well owners operate and maintain their wells to provide safe water for their families.

The tools, which are being developed by the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) through assistance from the U.S. EPA, include:

  • A series of live webinars
  • A series of online lessons
  • A Private Well Owner toll-free hotline (855-420-9355)
  • A monthly Private Well Owner Tip Sheet.

To access these private well owner information tools and more,

Testing, Treatment And More

"Household water well owners are responsible for monitoring their water quality and taking action when necessary," said NGWA Public Awareness Director Cliff Treyens. "To help, these new information tools are designed to give well owners next steps and guide them to the help they need."

Among the specific areas covered by the new information tools are:

  • Water testing
  • Water treatment
  • Well maintenance
  • Water testing related to hydraulic fracturing
  • Groundwater protection
  • Well construction
  • Well flooding.

Webinars On Demand

The live webinars will be recorded for viewing at any time. Both the webinars and the online lessons will be added to the collection as they are done, so well owners are advised to check periodically for new offerings.

Registration links for the webinars and online lessons will be accessible through the Well home page, where visitors can also subscribe to the free monthly Tip Sheet.

The telephone hotline is operational Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time (except national holidays).

To encourage learning, the online lessons and the webinars will have a short pre-lesson/webinar quiz and a post-lesson/webinar quiz. Those who successfully complete the final quiz will receive a certificate of completion.

"There is no replacement for certified drinking water testing labs and qualified water well system professionals in providing accurate diagnoses and remedies for water quality issues," Treyens said. "What these tools are intended to do is arm the well owner with important basic information and direction."


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