Brochure Guides Water Well Owners on Water Testing

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National Ground Water Assn.
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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.

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August 14, 2012

Hydraulic Fracturing Poses Substantial Water Pollution Risks, Analysts Say

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Market Watch
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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.

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August 7, 2012

Household Technologies Available to Remove Arsenic Found in Well Water

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NGWA
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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.

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July 11, 2012

Study Confirms Presence of Contaminants in Some New England Bedrock Groundwater

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USGS
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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. 

Publication Date: 
June 29, 2012
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Study Confirms Presence of Contaminants in Some New England Bedrock Groundwater

Pascoag Well Water Contamination Case Settled for $7 Million Against Exxon Mobil

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PR Newswire
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The lawsuit came as a result of MTBE contamination of the well water supply of Pascoag, R.I.

Providence Superior Court Judge Judith Savage approved a $7 million settlement of a class action lawsuit brought by the citizens of the town of Pascoag, R.I., and the Rhode Island Water District against Exxon Mobil Corp. as a result of the contamination of their well water supply by methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) in 2001. 

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May 31, 2012

Testing Water Regularly Should be Standard Practice for Private Water Well Owners

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NGWA
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NGWA said private well owners should test water regularly for bacteria, nitrate and more

Private water well owners should test their water regularly for bacteria, nitrate and anything of local concern, the National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA) said today, citing the possibility of arsenic and uranium in some central and northeastern Massachusetts bedrock wells as a local concern.

If well owners find arsenic or uranium at levels that exceed health benchmarks, the substances can be treated effectively, according to an NGWA press release.

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May 16, 2012
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Testing Water Regularly Should be Standard Practice for Private Water Well Owners

Water Quality in Majority of U.S. Well Networks Remains Unchanged Over Decades

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USGS
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USGS analysis examined concentrations of chloride, dissolved solids and nitrate in groundwater

There was no change in concentrations of chloride, dissolved solids or nitrate in groundwater for more than 50% of well networks sampled in a new analysis by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) that compared samples from 1988 to 2000 to samples from 2001 to 2010. For those networks that did have a change, seven times more networks saw increases as opposed to decreases.   

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May 4, 2012
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Water Quality in Majority of U.S. Well Networks Remains Unchanged Over Decades

USDA Invests in Nationwide Water Quality Improvement

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USDA
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A total of 54 water and wastewater projects in 33 states will be funded

As part of USDA's Earth Day celebration, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced support for projects that will improve water and wastewater services and benefit the environment nationwide.

This Earth Day, USDA is commemorating 150 years of working with Americans to protect the land. In years to come, it will help address the changing needs of agriculture and rural America, and find strategies for managing the nation's public and working lands to promote a strong middle class today while preserving the environment for generations to come.

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April 25, 2012
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USDA Invests in Nationwide Water Quality Improvement

Finding a Way

In many developing areas in Africa, accessing clean drinking water is a serious challenge for thousands of communities. The only sources of water available to their residents often are overrun with bacteria, waste and harmful contaminants. Many times, a family’s only way to obtain potable water is to walk long distances to the nearest well or other groundwater source. Such a task has several adverse effects, particularly on women and children, who may spend much of their time retrieving low-quality water for their families instead of attending school.

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Nonprofit organizations work to provide clean water in Africa

About The Author: 

Raissa Rocha is contributing editor for Water Quality Products. Rocha can be reached at rrocha@sgcmail.com or 847.954.7915.

Publication Date: 
April 24, 2012
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April 24, 2012
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Clean Water for the World

Water brings life—but what if with each nourishing sip of water you took, you also risked your life?

That is the case for the millions of people worldwide who lack access to safe, clean drinking water and sanitation. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 783 million people relied on an unimproved drinking water source in 2010, while 2.5 billion lacked improved sanitation. This puts them at risk for any number of waterborne diseases and parasites, such as cholera, diarrhea and more.

About The Author: 

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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April 24, 2012
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April 24, 2012
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