Video Aids Groundwater Professionals & Clients

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National Ground Water Association
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Tool gives customers better understanding for intelligent well financing

Water well contractors now have a new video tool to help their customers find smart ways to finance needed new well construction or major renovation, according to a National Ground Water Association announcement.

The video covers contractor-offered financing, credit cards, mortgage options, home equity improvement loans, line of credit and government long-term, low-interest loans.

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April 26, 2016

Well Owner's Manual Available From Water Systems Council

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Water Systems Council
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U.S. EPA grant was used to produce manual on water well systems, maintenance and more

The Water Systems Council (WSC) published a new Well Owner’s Manual that is now available for free to well owners across the U.S.

WSC received a grant in 2015 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide technical assistance, training and educational programs to owners of private and small community water wells. A portion of the EPA grant money was used to produce the new Well Owner's Manual.

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February 22, 2016

EPA Announces Grants to Help Small Drinking & Wastewater Systems

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U.S. EPA
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Systems will receive training, technical assistance

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the award of $12.7 million in grants to help small drinking and wastewater systems and private well owners located in urban and rural communities throughout the U.S. and its territories. The water systems will receive training and technical assistance to improve small system operations and management practices, promote system sustainability and better protect public health and the environment.

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February 15, 2016

Water Well Trust Receives Second USDA Grant for Georgia Water Wells

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Water Well Trust
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The $140,000 grant will be used for a project to increase potable water availability to rural households in six Georgia counties

The Water Well Trust, a national nonprofit helping Americans get access to a clean, safe water supply, has received a second $140,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Household Water Well Systems program for a project to increase potable water availability to rural households in six Georgia counties.

The Water Well Trust will contribute a $56,000 match towards this project. Water Systems Council members donated these funds at the 2015 WSC Fall Members’ Meeting fundraising golf tournament and auction.

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December 10, 2015

EPA Completes Construction of Water Line in New Jersey

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U.S. EPA
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The action protects the community from polluted groundwater

Officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) marked the completion of a water line extension that will provide a safe source of drinking water to 73 homes and businesses threatened by contaminated groundwater from the Combe Fill South Landfill Superfund Site in Chester and Washington townships in New Jersey. As a result, those homes and local businesses will no longer need treatment systems.

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August 13, 2015

NMED to Offer Free Private Domestic Well Testing in Animas River Valley

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New Mexico Environment Department
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The initiative is in response to an Aug. 5 mine waste spill into the Animas River

In response to the Aug. 5, 2015, spill of mine waste into the Animas River, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are partnering to test private domestic water supply wells located in the Animas River valley in New Mexico. Testing will identify metals that are of concern in relation to the spill, and other parameters that help in understanding the general quality of well water.

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August 10, 2015

McEllhiney Distinguished Lecturer to Focus on Groundwater Treatment Options

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National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation
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The presentation will identify classes of treatment technologies and detail specific technology choices as a function of contaminant reduction efficacy and cost

Peter S. Cartwright, P.E., named the 2016 McEllhiney Distinguished Lecturer, will present “Water Well Contaminants and Treatment Options,” the National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation announced.

Cartwright, who owns and operates Cartwright Consulting Co. with offices in Minneapolis and the Netherlands, has been in the treatment side of the water industry since 1974.

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April 30, 2015

Well Water Watch

Many residents across the U.S. rely on groundwater for their potable water supply, whether from a private water well or a municipal system that draws from a groundwater source. In recent years, legislation has put greater focus on wells and groundwater resources, with the potential to affect millions. WQP Managing Editor Kate Cline recently checked in with Margaret Martens of the Water Systems Council (WSC) and Jesse Richardson of West Virginia University to get the latest legislative updates.

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April 1, 2015
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Sound Off

Imagine turning on your faucet one day only to find there is no water flowing. Your well has run dry, and you have to pay tens of thousands of dollars to fix it. When a North Carolina scientist ran into this issue, he searched for a product that could help. When he could not find one, he took matters into his own hands.

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Communities utilize sound wave technology to measure well levels

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April 1, 2015
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Report Shows Some Shallow Groundwater Wells Affected by Bio-Based Fertilizers

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U.S. Geological Survey
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Some wells downhill from agricultural fields treated with bio-based fertilizers exhibited nitrate levels above EPA standards

Some shallow groundwater wells next to or downhill from Orange County, N.C., agricultural fields treated with bio-based fertilizers have nitrate levels above U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards set for public water supplies, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report titled “Effect of Land-Applied Biosolids on Surface-Water Nutrient Yields and Groundwater Quality in Orange County, North Carolina.”

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March 30, 2015
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