Constituents detected at high levels are less prevalent than statewide
Naturally occurring trace elements were detected at high concentrations in less than 3% of raw groundwater sources used for public water supply in the Klamath Mountain area of California, according to the ongoing U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study of the state's groundwater quality. In comparison, high concentrations of trace elements have generally been found in 10% to 25% of the state’s groundwater sources used for public supply.
The association recommends annual testing to eliminate health risks
Bacteria and nitrate are widespread in the environment, so every household water well owner should regularly test his or her water to make sure no health risk exists, the National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA) recommended.
While most bacteria found in water do not cause disease, disease-causing bacteria called pathogens can exist in well water given the right circumstances, NGWA said. Nitrate is not uncommon to rural areas due to its use in fertilizers and because it is sometimes linked to animal or human waste.
Six industry professionals chosen to attend the Emerging Leaders Alliance Conference
The National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation (NGWREF) congratulated those chosen to attend the Emerging Leaders Alliance Conference taking place Nov. 10 to 12, 2014 in Reston, Va.
Fact sheet details efforts that have helped Afghanistan quantify and monitor water resources
For the past decade, scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have shared their expertise with the Afghanistan Geological Survey (AGS) in efforts to build an inventory of Afghanistan’s water resources. A new fact sheet details how these efforts help the country quantify and monitor its water resources.
New wells will provide early alerts for groundwater contamination
Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) began drilling “sentinel” wells at the first of three locations in the Trumbull Village neighborhood in Albuquerque, N.M., to provide early alerts for groundwater contamination.
These new sentinel wells will provide early warning if there is a northeastward movement of the Kirtland Air Force Base Bulk Fuels Facility plume, and would provide Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (ABCWUA) and Air Force officials lead time to implement plans to protect nearby groundwater drinking water supply wells.
New USGS modeling report describes chloride movement in the area's aquifer
Chloride contamination of Wichita, Kan.’s, water supply wells is inevitable unless actions are taken, according to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists and authors of a new modeling report describing chloride movement in the area's aquifer.
Awards will be presented during the NGWA Groundwater Expo and Annual Meeting in December
The National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA) congratulated the recipients of its 2014 Awards of Excellence, Outstanding Groundwater Project Award and Divisional Awards, which will be presented this December during the NGWA Groundwater Expo and Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.
The standard can be purchased through the NGWA online bookstore
The ANSI/NGWA-01-14 Water Well Construction Standard is now available through the National Ground Water Assn.'s (NGWA) online bookstore.
EPA funds will be used to issue permits for injection wells that meet program requirements
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) $131,843, to ensure continued protection of groundwater in Oklahoma. EPA has delegated authority to OCC to administer and enforce the underground injection control (UIC) program in Oklahoma. The funds will be used to issue permits for injection wells that meet program requirements and for shutting down wells when pollution has occurred.
Groundwater reliance has led to a decline in water level in the metropolitan area, according to two U.S. Geological Survey reports
Groundwater pumping has produced significant changes in water levels below some parts of the Albuquerque metropolitan area, according to two new reports published by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).