Newsletter #3 for March 2016
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2016 "Pledge to Test" Campaign

The Private Well Class, in conjunction with 2016 National Groundwater Awareness Week, is proud to announce the Pledge to Test Campaign. Well owners are invited to pledge to submit a water sample for testing to a lab in their area by March 31, 2016.

One Pledge to Test Campaign participant will be randomly selected to be reimbursed for the cost of testing the private well water at their residence, up to $200.

Click here to find out more.

SERCAP and RCAC Offer Loan Programs for Well Owners

RCAC's and SERCAP's Household Water Well System Loan Program is designed to assist low- to moderate-income individuals needing loans to construct, refurbish, and service their household well systems.

The purpose of the program is to target loans to the significant numbers of homeowners in the states they serve, whose geographically isolated households lack water service, but for whom it is not feasible to be connected to new or existing community water systems.

RCAC Loan Program | SERCAP Loan Program

Water Systems Council Releases Well Owner Manual

A Well Owner's Manual has just recently been released by the Water System's Council and includes sections on water well systems, well maintenance, selecting a well contractor, protecting your wellhead, water well testing, and understanding water well test results. 

The manual also includes a well owner’s checklist and information on the wellcare® Hotline, a free hotline that provides advice on protecting, maintaining, testing, and conserving well water supplies. 

Click here to download.

Upcoming Webinar

Well Care 101 - What You Need to Know to Protect Your Family
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 8:00 PM CDT
Hosted by

This free, live web-based class from will help homeowners understand the basics of well care as well as how to determine whether their water is safe to drink. Participants will learn maintenance best practices and receive answers to common questions.

There will be an opportunity to submit questions in advance as well as live on the webinar. The event will be recorded.
We'd love your support in distributing this information, please feel free to share the following links: Registration | Flyer
Want to see what else we've got planned?
See the Webinar Schedule

Highlighted Resource

Private Well Owner Tipsheet
From the National Groundwater Association

Sign up for the free, monthly Private Well Owner Tip Sheet provided to you by the National Ground Water Association with the support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

This one-page tip sheet will include practical information on how to reduce risks to your water supply through: proper well construction, regular well maintenance, regular water testing and treatment, if necessary, and groundwater protection.

Click here to sign up.
Looking for something else? We link to a variety of helpful resources.
Browse our Class Resources

PWC Highlight: Videos

The Private Well Class offers a wide range of multimedia material to its audience and has developed a series of short informational videos on a variety of different groundwater and private well topics. The videos are animated, narrated, and educational.

Watch the video content.

Featured Video: Abandoned Wells: A Hidden Danger

In this video, the Washington Department of Ecology introduces the problem of abandoned wells and why they are dangerous, explains how to properly seal or decommission a well, describes the landowner's legal responsibilities, and provides leads for finding abandoned wells on your property.

Click here to watch the video.
Have a great video? We're dedicated to bringing you helpful, entertaining, or inspiring videos to you. If your organization has a relevant video to share, let us know!

Partner Events

National Groundwater Awareness Week
March 6-12, 2016
Hosted by the National Groundwater Association

The National Groundwater Association and its promotional partners are prepping for this year's Groundwater Awareness Week. This is an annual opportunity to educate the public on one of the world’s most important resources — groundwater.
Lead Testing, Response & Communications
March 9, 2016, 1:00PM ET
Hosted by Association of Public Health Laboratories

Given the recent lead crisis in Flint, MI, questions have arisen regarding the governmental environmental health system. This webinar for environmental health professionals and the public will discuss the role of the public health laboratory, how public health laboratories test for lead in drinking water and people, and public health laboratory emergency response resources and communications.

Register for the Webinar Here.
Have an event of broad interest? We will gladly share your event or webinar, either in our newsletter, if of broad interest, or on our events page at Let us know!

We Want to Promote Your Program

Does your organization, agency, or unit have any exciting news or other information (webinar, document, etc.) that you want to share? Here is your opportunity to be included!

Please send detailed information to by March 20, 2016 to be included in the April 1, 2016 newsletter. 

About is a free service for well owners, and those that work with them, to raise awareness of private well issues and help well owners understand their responsibilities in being a good steward of their well and water source. The Private Well Class is a collaboration between the Rural Community Assistance Partnership and the University of Illinois, through the Illinois State Water Survey and the Illinois Water Resources Center, and funded by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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