Many court decisions affecting the well water industry and groundwater resources were considered and decided in 2013. This article will cover some of the most important decisions from the past year.
Court cases help shape U.S. groundwater policies
Four new, free online lessons are available on the National Ground Water Assn. website
Four new, free online lessons are available to household water well owners at the National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA) website, www.wellowner.org.
The lessons were developed by NGWA with support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Well owners can register by going to www.wellowner.org or using the links below:
Proper construction and regular maintenance are important to reducing risks to groundwater
The National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA) issued a new best suggested practice (BSP) for dealing with methane gas in residential water well systems.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Time-based approach to effective well maintenance
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.
Selecting the right combination of tests for water wells
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.
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.