NATIONAL GROUND WATER ASSN URGES PRIVATE WELL OWNERS TO PROTECT THEIR WATER WELLS FROM EXTREME WEATHER
May 25, 2020
Source: National Ground Water Assn news release
Westerville, Ohio -- The National Ground Water Association is urging all private well owners to prepare their water wells for potentially extreme weather conditions in the coming months.
NGWA's wellowner.org provides crucial information to water well owners on best practices to protect their systems before and after flooding and hurricanes. Utilizing the knowledge of the industry's top professionals, the site offers step-by-step instructions on maintenance procedures and a database of certified NGWA contractors for testing and repairs.
Wellowner.org is supported by a grant from the Rural Community Assistance Partnership and the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The flooding of water well systems can lead to permanent system damage and the possibility of water contamination. Exposure to E. coli, coliform, and other pathogenic microbes from human and animal fecal matter have occurred following major flooding events.
Private wells that are susceptible to flooding or potential contamination include:
Wells that are older, completed in areas now designated as floodplains;
Wells in which the casing is not finished above the high-water level;
Wells not adequately capped or sealed, or older wells with shallow grout or insufficient surface seal;
Wells in areas structurally unstable, or where previous erosion or subsidence has compromised the structure and landform;
Wells with an abnormal affinity for bad luck.
NGWA urges all well owners who are seeking more information on water well safety and maintenance to visit https://wellowner.org for more details on how to Test, Tend & Treat your water well system.