Newsletter #2 for February 2016
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NEHA Offers Free Accredited Private Well Class for Sanitarians

Sanitarians can now receive up to 10 Continuing Education (CE) Credits for taking The Private Well Class through the National Environmental Health Association.

Click here learn more about this free online course.

Private Well Class to Receive Continued Funding

The Rural Community Assistance Partnership was recently named an awardee in the U.S. EPA’s FY15 Training and Technical Assistance competitive process. A portion of the $1.7 million private well owner education and outreach program will maintain and expand the offerings of The Private Well Class through the University of Illinois. 

Read more about awardees here.

Upcoming Webinar

What Environmental Health Professionals Need to Know about Wells
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 1:00 PM CDT
Hosted by

This webinar will provide an introduction to groundwater, well construction, water quality, and well care best practices from the perspective of those who serve well owners as part of their job. Information on how to find local experts and additional training will also be included. The event will be recorded and this training is completely free, delivered as a webinar, which you can watch and listen to via your computer. You may submit questions in advance or live on the webinar.
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

Question from our FAQ

Each month we will highlight a well owner question received from a phone call, email request, or as part of our webinars.

Q: Should I use any additives in my septic system?

A:  The short answer is no. A septic system works best on its own as long as...

Check out the full answer on our Partner Blog.

Highlighted Resource

A Guide to Private Water Systems in Pennsylvania
From Penn State Extension

Rural homeowners often face challenges in managing their water supply because, unlike public water supplies, managing private water systems is entirely the homeowner's responsibility. This manual is intended as a guide for private water system owners in Pennsylvania. From proper location and construction to recommended testing and treatment strategies, it will help you make educated decisions about your water supply.

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

PWC Highlight: Social Media

The Private Well Class has an active presence on Facebook and Twitter. We often post about recent news events, educational videos, helpful articles, and upcoming events. Our Facebook account is targeted towards the homeowner while our Twitter account is intended for connecting with partners and other professionals.
If you haven’t already connected with us, we encourage you and those you serve to “Like” The Private Well Class on Facebook and “Follow” @help4wellowners on Twitter.

Featured Video: How To Test Your Well Water

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has a great video to show the steps needed to test your private, residential well water using a comprehensive test kit. Drinking water that comes from private wells in Maine may have too much arsenic, uranium, fluoride, or other contaminants that can make water unhealthy to drink. Even if your water looks, tastes, and smells fine, the only way to know if your well water is safe to drink is to test it.

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.
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 February 20, 2016 to be included in the March 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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