The Kansas Ground Water Association was formed in order to bring together the individuals that work hand in hand in the water well industry. Together, the Association has fought for and against legislation in order to protect not only the water we drink, but protect the well driller as well. We oppose action that threatens ground water quality and imposes undue hardship on the contractor. Whatever actions are taken at the state level impacts each of us.
The KGWA also works to keep all of the individuals in the water well industry up to date with the new and changing technology. They feel that continuing education over the years is a vital part of being a success in the water well industry. The Kansas Ground Water Association offers educational/technical seminars, providing information concerning new and current regulations and instruction on new methods and techniques of well, pump service, and installation. Our seminars also provide a forum for idea exchange and problem solving in the office as well as in the field. Certainly each of us could profit by increasing our level of expertise within our industry.
The Association is continually working toward a better unity between the government and the industry workers. They are always open to new suggestions and would appreciate any new ideas from other water well individuals that are not yet involved with the Association.
Well water testing key to protecting health
"For household water well owners who find water testing confusing or difficult, help is available," said the National Ground Water Association, which urges well owners to test their water to protect their health. The Association's website is designed to help simplify the process of water testing by guiding well owners in decision-making regarding:
- What to test for;
- How to get a water test;
- How to interpret water test results; and
- What to do if a health risk is discovered.
"Significant barriers to well owners testing their water are concerns about the difficulty, inconvenience and cost of water testing,"said the NGWA, based on its research of published studies and interviews with well owner education and testing programs.
Common questions and answers to well owners testing their water
"Why do I need to test?"
Testing is important because some substances that present health risks in water are tasteless, odorless and invisible. Two examples are radon, a gas byproduct of radium decay, and arsenic, a poisonous element found in certain types of rock as well as in certain manmade products. Another example of an imperceptible threat is nitrate, which is often found in fertilizer and a byproduct of animal and human waste.
"I feel fine."
Believing that there is no health risk because you feel fine can be misleading and risky. Again using arsenic and radon as examples, the health threat posed by these tend to occur over a period of years, and dramatic symptoms may not be evident until much of the damage has been done. Well owners also can have a false sense of security involving bacteria. The presence of bacteria in water should be taken seriously, but, without a test, a well owner might not know that the water has bacteria in it. Even the presence of certain harmless bacteria such as coliform can be alarming because it means the well also may be susceptible to harmful, pathogenic bacteria that could cause serious illness or even death.
"I don't know what to test for."
WellOwner.org provides simple guidance on how to approach water testing. It also links to contact information for every county health department in the United States so that well owners can check with their counties about any groundwater contamination of local concern.
"I don't know how to get my water tested."
The water testing page on WellOwner.org links to state websites where well owners can find certified drinking water testing labs.
"I got my water tested and didn't understand the results."
WellOwner.org provides access to a water test interpretation tool that allows well owners to plug in their lab results to obtain a simple interpretation. Well owners can use the test results and interpretation to get the professional guidance or service they need to address water quality problems.
WellOwner.org also contains information on well maintenance, groundwater protection and water treatment. Other resources related to water testing can be found at the Private Well Class website operated by the University of Illinois and the Water Systems Council website.
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