New Mexico Supreme Court upholds law governing the issuance of domestic water well permits
The New Mexico Supreme Court upheld a state law on July 25, 2013, governing the issuance of domestic water well permits that, if overturned, would have subjected residential well users to a more arduous procedure designed for commercial users.
Hydraulic fracturing operations allow us to access valuable natural gas resources, but they also have the potential to affect another precious resource: water. Here Brian Oram, a professional geologist and founder of B.F. Environmental Consultants, discusses how fracking in Pennsylvania has affected private water wells.
Kate Cline: Why is it important for well owners to have their water tested?
The importance of baseline testing for drinking water wells
Texas-based nonprofit aims to provide clean water via new wells and spread the Gospel
Access announced that it is partnering with The Last Well (TLW). This Texas-based organization’s mission is simple: “To provide clean water to the entire nation of Liberia and share Christ with those we serve by the end of the decade.”
Hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as fracking, is a method of extracting natural gas from shale formations. Fracking has been around for many years, but recently, combining it with horizontal drilling has made it economically practical for gas extraction. While natural gas presents the U.S. with options to become more energy independent, there also are concerns about the process’s impact on the environment.
Fracking’s potential effects on drinking water supplies
Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) brings two of our most precious natural resources at odds. The natural gas harvested through the process is essential to meeting our country’s growing energy needs (and is a source of clean energy at that). However, poorly constructed wells or improper disposal of wastewater from fracking operations can potentially affect drinking water quality. There have been reports of methane migrating from drilling operations into drinking water sources — contamination that not only could render water undrinkable, but also cause a potential explosion hazard.
Success of federal Superfund law highlighted
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck and Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney visited three Superfund sites in Orange and Dutchess counties in New York state to review and assess progress on the cleanup of contamination at these hazardous waste sites.
Shenandoah Road Groundwater Contamination — East Fishkill, N.Y.
Booklet helps educate citizens on issues related to water conservation
Brian Oram, a professional geologist and soil scientist and founder of B.F. Environmental Consultants, announced that his firm is making available “The Pennsylvania Guide for Groundwater for Private Well Owners: What Do the Numbers Mean?” through the Water Research Center Portal.
USGS study signals need for well owners to test, protect water
A report released by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) showing that one in five private wells in Pennsylvania faces elevated arsenic levels, offered powerful incentive to test and ensure treatment, according to the Water Quality Assn (WQA).
According to USGS, “Eight percent of more than 5,000 wells tested across Pennsylvania contain groundwater with levels of arsenic at or above federal standards set for public drinking water, while an additional 12% — though not exceeding standards — show elevated levels,” said Dave Haataja, executive director of WQA.
Regular water well cleaning is vital for maintaining acceptable water quality and operational efficiency, and lowering maintenance costs. Water Quality Products Assistant Editor Amy McIntosh spoke with Neil Mansuy of Subsurface Technologies Inc. about the importance of regular water well cleaning and how it impacts overall well health.
The importance of regular water well cleaning and its impact on overall well health
Ongoing drought conditions in many parts of the U.S. are impacting water treatment systems using well water and municipal water alike. This can be advantageous, however, for water treatment dealers who use this as an opportunity to stay in contact with customers and offer education and additional services to help them through the drought.
The effects of drought on water supply & treatment systems