- Staying away from flooded well pumps and using bottled water prevent eletrical shock and sickness
In the event of water well flooding due to Hurricane Sandy, owners of household wells should take precautions to make sure their water is safe and the well is in good operating condition, according to the National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA).
When the well casing — the vertical pipe that extends above the ground’s surface — is topped by floodwater, it is assumed the well has been flooded. An obvious concern is that floodwater loaded with bacteria, chemicals or other pollutants may have gotten into the well.
Clean Water Systems & Stores Inc. now offers support for water well owners
Clean Water Systems & Stores Inc. has expanded its Water Quality Assurance Program to include support for water well owners who need to optimize their water treatment systems during the current drought. The drought has caused water shortages and some water tables to drop in affected areas and decreased water quality. The program provides tests water before and after existing treatment systems and includes recommendations on how to optimize water treatment systems to reduce water waste.
Policy brief outlines necessary actions to ensure safe and clean drinking water in Sub-Saharan Africa
A new policy brief recommended how governments, non-state actors and communities in sub-Saharan Africa can contribute to meeting the United Nations’ 2015 Millennium Development Goal on ensuring safe and clean drinking water.
Story spurs state inquiry, inspires donations of water to residents
The Sidney Hillman Foundation announced that Erich Schwartzel and Julia Rendleman of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette have won the September Sidney Award for “Fouled Waters,” a three-month investigation into a mysterious blight on the water supply of the Woodlands, a small Pennsylvania town surrounded by natural gas wells.
SOR has achieved the IP68 rating in up to 100 ft of continuous submersion for the 805PT electronic pressure transmitter. The transmitter will provide precision depth measurements in liquid applications such as well monitoring, groundwater and surface water measurement, as well as municipal and industrial applications. It comes with a three-year warranty.
Brochure provides information about water testing and is available online
Household water well owners near oil and gas development and completion activities, including hydraulic fracturing, can get guidance about water testing from a new brochure produced by the National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA) and the Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC).
The brochure can be downloaded from the “Water Quality” section of NGWA’s website, www.wellowner.org.
Wastewater from fracking could pollute surface water and drinking water sources
Risk analysts have concluded that the disposal of contaminated wastewater from hydraulic fracturing (fracking) wells producing natural gas in the intensively developed Marcellus Shale region poses a substantial potential risk of river and other water pollution. That conclusion, analysts say, calls for regulators and others to consider additional mandatory steps to reduce the potential of drinking water contamination from salts and naturally occurring radioactive materials, such as uranium, radium and radon from the rapidly expanding fracking industry.
NGWA said technologies are available to effectively treat arsenic discovered in private household well water
Technologies are available to effectively treat arsenic discovered in private household well water, the National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA) said recently as the federal and state governments conduct testing in Licking County, Ohio.
“While no one wants to have arsenic in the water, the good news is that water well owners who do can treat their water to safe levels with technology that is readily available,” said NGWA Public Awareness Director Cliff Treyens.
Potentially harmful levels of arsenic, uranium, radium, radon and manganese have been found in some bedrock groundwater
Potentially harmful levels of naturally occurring arsenic, uranium, radium, radon and manganese have been found in some bedrock groundwater that supplies drinking water wells in New England, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study.