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.
$23 Million to be spent on protecting drinking water
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a legal agreement with SL Industries Inc. and SL Surface Technologies Inc. to perform soil cleanup and reimburse EPA’s past costs at the Puchack Well Field Superfund site in Pennsauken Township, N.J. The soil to be cleaned up is contaminated with hexavalent chromium and is contributing to the pollution of groundwater at the site. Hexavalent chromium may cause cancer and can have other serious health impacts.
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
Scholarships awarded to students entering a field of study that promotes groundwater professions
The National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation (NGWREF) recently awarded $20,000 from its Len Assante Scholarship Fund to 10 students.
Each of the scholarship recipients is entering a field of study that serves, supports or promotes groundwater professions.
Joshua Olson of Amery, Wis., received the Past President’s Award, the top scholarship presented to the most qualified of the applicants. Olson is studying hydrogeology at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire.
Attendees learn about groundwater and its vital importance to the region
The Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD) kicked off its sixth annual Groundwater Festival, "Treasure Beneath Our Feet," at its headquarters in Lakewood, Calif., with nearly 3,000 community participants enjoying the festivities and engaging the festival's presenters.
Human-made organic chemical constituents less prevalent at high concentrations than statewide
Barium and nitrate were detected at high concentrations in 5% of untreated groundwater used for public water supply in the San Francisco Bay region, while human-made organic chemical constituents were found at high concentrations in less than 1%. These detections are less prevalent than elsewhere in California, according to an ongoing U.S. Geological Survey study of the state's groundwater quality.
West Virginia Department of Transportation to pay $30,000 for alleged storage tank regulation violations
The West Virginia Department of Transportation (W.Va. DOT) has agreed to pay a $30,000 penalty to settle alleged violations of underground storage tank (UST) regulations at 10 facilities operated by its Division of Highways, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced. As part of the settlement, W.Va. DOT has also agreed to statewide improvements of its UST monitoring procedures.
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.
Dewpoint West now offers a full range of groundwater sampling services to oil and gas companies
Dewpoint West, a Colorado oil and gas consulting company, announced that it will be providing groundwater baseline sampling and monitoring services for Colorado oil and gas companies.
With the recent implementation of Rules 609 and Rule 318A.e(4) by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), the company will now be offering services to ensure complete compliance for these new regulations. It will offer everything from consultation and planning, to performing initial and supplemental sampling, to analysis and continued monitoring.