Well Water Industry Gains Legal Victory in Georgia

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Water Systems Council
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Ordinance that prohibits drilling of wells within city limits declared unconstitutional

The Superior Court of Washington County has found a city of Sandersville, Ga., ordinance that prohibits drilling of wells within its city limits unconstitutional.

Furthermore, the court found that a private landowner has, under the Georgia and U.S. constitutions, the right to drill a well on his or her property subject only to the government’s reasonable rules and regulations looking to the protection, safety and health of its citizens.

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November 21, 2013
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Well Water Industry Gains Legal Victory in Georgia

Water Systems Council Names New Executive Director

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Margaret Martens has more than 25 years of experience working in nonprofit management

The Water Systems Council (WSC) named Margaret Martens as executive director.

Martens joined WSC in 2010 and had previously served as public education coordinator and program director. She has more than 25 years of experience working in nonprofit management, specializing in organizational development, strategic planning, program development and implementation, marketing and education, fundraising, financial management, grant management and policy development.

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November 15, 2013

NGWA Provides Guidance on Hydrogen Sulfide

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New best suggested practice developed for water well system professionals

The National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA) has developed an industry best suggested practice (BSP) for water well system professionals to use on how to deal with problematic concentrations of hydrogen sulfide in residential water well systems.

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November 13, 2013

Well-Timed Maintenance

Most wells experience some type of operational problem during the normal process of aging. The rate at which a well will experience such problems can be influenced by many factors, including water chemistry, aquifer characteristics, operational schedules and well construction details, just to name a few.

There are many types of wells across the globe, including water supply, injection, aquifer storage recovery, extraction, monitoring and dewatering, and most deteriorate as they age.

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Time-based approach to effective well maintenance

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Neil Mansuy is vice president of technical services for Subsurface Technologies Inc. Mansuy can be reached at nmansuy@subsurfacetech.com or 816.221.7770.

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November 12, 2013
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November 12, 2013
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Acing the Test

Approximately 30 million Americans get their drinking water from private household wells. Protection of private wells does not fall under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Safe Drinking Water Act, so well owners must take it upon themselves to ensure their water quality. To keep water clean and pure and the well operating at peak performance, regular water testing is an important maintenance tool.

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Selecting the right combination of tests for water wells

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Margaret Martens is program director for the Water Systems Council. Martens can be reached at mmartens@watersystemscouncil.org or 202.625.4387.

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November 12, 2013
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November 12, 2013
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Fight for Your Right to Water

It’s been well established that drought, water scarcity and sustainability are the most important issues facing the water industry. In the coming decades, these factors will not just shape the way we use and value water, they also will drive technological innovation and the laws and regulations surrounding water.

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Kate Cline is managing editor of Water Quality Products. Cline can be reached at kcline@sgcmail.com or 847.391.1007.

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November 11, 2013
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November 11, 2013
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NGWA to Provide Private Water Well Owner Help

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NGWA
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EPA-funded cooperative agreement will increase the knowledge of private well owners

The National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA) invites household water well owners to take advantage of a new hotline, a monthly tip sheet and other training and technical assistance tools supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The goal of the EPA-funded cooperative agreement with NGWA is to increase the knowledge of private well owners in the 50 states, territories and tribal lands so that they can act in ways that reduce risks to their drinking water supplies.

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October 7, 2013

Clean Water Close to Home

The water treatment industry seems to be full of new ideas about how to treat water in innovative ways. NPR reported that UNICEF is promoting a machine developed by Sweden’s Royal Institute of Technology and HVR that turns sweat into drinking water by filtering the drippings squeezed from clothes. In answer to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Reinvent the Toilet” competition, researchers at Duke have developed a new toilet, complete with a self-contained waste recycling system, that transforms wastewater into drinking water.

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Kate Cline is managing editor of Water Quality Products. Cline can be reached at kcline@sgcmail.com or 847.391.1007.

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September 16, 2013
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September 16, 2013
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New Mexico Supreme Court Releases Bounds v. State Decision

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Water Systems Council
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Court ruled that the domestic well statute did not violate the due process clause of the constitution

The Supreme Court of New Mexico released the long-awaited decision in Bounds v. State of New Mexico on July 25, 2013. Water Systems and 16 state associations and water well related companies filed a friend of court brief in the case, supporting the position of the state of New Mexico. The court agreed with all of the arguments in the Water Systems Council brief.

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August 2, 2013

Benefits of Fluoridation Help Prevent Tooth Decay

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Pennsylvania Dental Assn.
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Fluoride shown to make teeth stronger and less prone to decay or cavities

Without limitations on whom it can affect, tooth decay remains one of the most prevalent, yet preventable diseases in our nation. The Pennsylvania Dental Assn. (PDA) reminds that a safe, effective and economical way to reduce occurrences is through the public health implementation of community water fluoridation.

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August 1, 2013