Newsletter #6 for June 2016
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The Private Well Class to Attend NEHA 2016 AEC: San Antonio

Our very own resident groundwater hydrologist, Steve Wilson, and drinking water specialist, Jennifer Wilson, will be attending the NEHA 2016 AEC in San Antonio, TX from June 13-16, 2016. Steve will be giving a presentation Thursday, June 16 from 8:00AM - 8:50AM on "Learning Opportunities and Tools for Environmental Health Professionals to Assist Private Well Owners." 

If any partners would like to connect with Steve and Jennifer at the conference, send Steve an email at 

From the Blog: Partner Interview - Dr. Jason Barrett, MSU Extension

The Private Well Class works closely with many partners to get information out to the public about their private wells. At the Mississippi State University Extension, Jason R. Barrett is one of those partners.

We interviewed Dr. Barrett to highlight how one of our partners incorporates the Private Well Class into his programming and how he reaches and interacts with the public in his role at the Mississippi State University Extension.

Read the full interview here

Upcoming Webinars

Septic Systems 101
Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 1PM CT
Hosted by

In this free 90-minute webinar training hosted by The Private Well Class you'll learn about septic system management as part of a larger strategy to protect the water in your private well. Plus, our guest expert Ronald Helton will provide answers to common questions, such as: 

What is safe to flush down my drains?
Do I need to put additives in my septic tank?
How do I prolong the life of my system?
We'd love your support in distributing this information, please feel free to share the following link:

What Water Testing Labs Need to Know about Private Wells

Wednesday, July 19, 2016 at 1PM CT
Hosted by

Do you receive questions from well owners that go beyond water quality? In this free 90-minute webinar training, hosted by The Private Well Class in collaboration with the Association of Public Health Laboratories, you'll learn the answers to the most common homeowner questions about groundwater and private wells, including:

Where can I learn more about taking care of my well?
Why do I even need to test my well water?
What do I do with my sample results?
We'd love your support in distributing this information, please feel free to share the following link:
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:  What are the differences between getting water from a public water supply (PWS) versus from a private well?

A:  The public water supply is regulated so that the water being served to their customers is...

Check out the full answer on our Partner Blog

Highlighted Resource

A Homeowner's Manual for Septic Systems
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

This manual provides guidance and assistance in regards to operation and maintenance of a septic system in New Jersey including rules and regulations, how a septic system works, and what to do if your septic system fails. Following the simple guidelines in this manual will help a homeowner enhance the performance and extend the life of your septic system along with assisting in the protection of New Jersey's terrestrial and aquatic resources.

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

PWC Highlight: Recorded Webinars

Every month, the Private Well Class offers a free live webinar. Each webinar features a different topic about your private well system. If you have missed any of the live webinars, no worries! They have been recorded. View all of the previously recorded webinars here.

Previously recorded webinars

Featured Video: NGWA Well Financing

In this video, the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) explores potential options for homeowners looking to finance well maintenance or construction. The financing options covered includes contractor-offered financing, credit cards, mortgage options, home equity improvement loans, lines of credit, and government long-term, low-interest loans.

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

Job Opening:
Extension Educator - Domestic Water and Wastewater (Lancaster) at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension is seeking to fill a position related to domestic water and wastewater. Information on the position is linked below. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will have a master's degree in environmental science, environmental engineering, biological systems engineering or other clkosely related field, and will be a strong communicator. The review of applications will begin on June 3rd. 

Job posting

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 June 20, 2016 to be included in the July 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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