The National Ground Water Association invites household water well owners to take advantage of a new hotline, a monthly tip sheet, and other training and technical assistance tools supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The goal of the U.S. EPA-funded cooperative agreement with NGWA is to increase the knowledge of private well owners in the 50 states, territories and tribal lands so that they can act in ways that reduce risks to their drinking water supplies.
NGWA activated the toll-free private water well owner hotline, 855 H20.WELL (855.420.9355), on Sept. 24. Over the next 11 months, NGWA also will develop and make available:
• A monthly e-mailed tip sheet for private water well owners, and state and local officials involved in private water well matters
• A series of Webinars also targeted to private water well owners and state and local officials involved in private water well-related matters
• A series of learn-at-your-own-pace online training modules about important water quality-related subjects including water testing and water treatment, groundwater protection, well maintenance, and well construction.
NGWA will promote the training and technical assistance tools by waging a year-round public awareness campaign and through its Web site dedicated to private well owners, www.WellOwner.org.
"All these training and technical assistance tools will be easily accessible through the Internet, free and available 24 hours a day," said NGWA Public Awareness Director Cliff Treyens. "Even the Webinars will be recorded and uploaded for viewing at any time by well owners."
Treyens said NGWA will be proactively contacting state and local officials as the new tools become available and inviting them to not only review and use the tools themselves, but also promote them to the public.
"Our shared goal is to help well owners know and take steps that will help reduce risks to their water supplies so that they have adequate, safe drinking water," he said.