Newsletter #4 for April 2016
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AWWA National Drinking Water Week

The American Water Works Association and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week for more than 35 years – a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together in recognizing the vital role water plays in our daily lives.

Join AWWA to celebrate water May 1-7, 2016!

From the Blog: County’s Private Well Program, A Surging Success

What started off as a few workshops and PowerPoint slides has evolved into full-fledged private well program for Bernalillo County, New Mexico. The 2nd annual Bernalillo County Water Fair is set to take place on April 8-9, 2016. The Water Fair will have free water testing for Bernalillo County residents not connected to a public water supply, a free private well expo, and two free two-hour long well education short courses.

Learn more here.

Upcoming Webinar

What Realtors Need to Know about Homes with Well Water
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 1:00 PM CT
Hosted by

This free, live web-based session from will help realtors understand the water well issues that are important to prospective homeowners, as well as the information they need to know about well water quality, how wells work, and 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 link:

Note: We've transitioned from a PDF flyer to a landing page. Let us know what you think!
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:  Where can I obtain my well log and what information does it contain?

A:  Depending on your location, your state or county health department, Department of Natural Resources, or some other similar agency may house well logs that you can...

Check out the full answer on our Partner Blog.

Highlighted Resource

Well Owner's Guide to Water Supply
Texas Well Owner Network

Household well owners in Texas are responsible for ensuring that their well water is safe to drink. This publication discusses common factors that affect well water quality and quantity, including common contaminants in well water in Texas, water testing methods, treatment options, well siting, and recommendations for protecting the quality of your well water. Also discussed are aquifers, watersheds, and federal, state, and local regulations.

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

PWC Highlight: Podcast

The Private Well Podcast covers the bulk of the Private Well Class lessons in a free multimedia, audio-only format for those who would rather listen and learn. But it is different from the Private Well Class lessons because it includes a laid back, conversational tone full of stories, examples, and anecdotes for easy listening.

Listen to the podcast.

Featured Video: Sealing Your Unused Well

Unused or "abandoned" wells can be a threat to precious drinking water supplies, public health, and safety. The Minnesota Department of Public Health explains how to protect and preserve drinking water by having a licensed well contractor properly seal unused wells.

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

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 April 20, 2016 to be included in the May 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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