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
The view out my window as I write is white — the snow is falling quickly and heavily, with up to 8 in. expected by the end of the day. Schools are closed and the chatter around the office is whether the commute home will take two hours or three.
More than 20,000 people will benefit from new wells and well rehabilitation
As part of a five-year focus on water and sanitation projects in Malawi, World Vision announced a new partnership with charity: water, specifically targeting needs in communities where less than 50% of the population has access to clean water.
World Vision has a 35-year history of holistic community development work in Malawi, and this partnership will allow a collaborative effort to expand water interventions in many communities.
NGWA develops industry best suggested practice 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 regarding the emergency disinfection of flooded residential water wells.
The BSP, "Residential Water Well Disinfection Following a Flood":
Geology, wells, pumping contribute to groundwater level declines
Geologic barriers, the intermixing of water between aquifers through wells, and groundwater pumping contribute to the pattern of declines of groundwater levels in the Columbia Plateau, according to a report published by the U.S. Geological Survey.
Groundwater from the 44,000-sq-mile Columbia Plateau Regional Aquifer, a system in decline since the 1970s, is a critical resource for the nearly 1.3 million people in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. It also provides irrigation water for the region’s estimated $6-billion-per-year agriculture industry.
EPA orders cleanup to protect nearby public drinking water wells
The Lapwai School District in Lapwai, Idaho, must clean up an inactive drywell contaminated with solvents (trichloroethylene and perchloroethylene) to protect nearby public drinking water wells. The cleanup will be conducted under a legal order issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The drywell lies under an asphalt parking lot at the Lapwai School District bus maintenance facility (204 District Road in Lapwai), which is separated from the Lapwai Elementary School by a fence. Two drinking water wells are located about 150 ft northwest of the drywell.
On Sept. 22, 2011, TOPS Veterinary Rehabilitation in Grayslake, Ill., initiated a pilot test to study the effectiveness of HydroFlow’s water conditioning technology on its canine therapy pools. TOPS is in the business of veterinary rehabilitation, and one of the treatment options it often employs is hydro-treadmill therapy. The facility has two 1,000-gal therapy pools supported by a large, pool-sized sand filtration system, a dual-speed filtration pump and a booster pump for the jets.
Veterinary facility rehabs canine therapy pools with new treatment system