Newsletter #5 for May 2016
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Pledge to Test Winner

Congratulations to Liz H. in Illinois!

She has been randomly selected as the winner of the 2016 Pledge to Test Campaign. She will be reimbursed for the cost of testing the well water at her residence up to $200. The winner has already been notified.

Thank you to all who pledged to test their private well water this year! We had 52 people take the pledge from 24 different states. Stay tuned for next year's Pledge to Test campaign.

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!

Upcoming Webinar

Is My Water Safe to Drink? - Common Questions about Private Wells
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 1PM & 8PM CT
Hosted by

Your drinking water well doesn't have to be a mystery. In this free 90-minute webinar training hosted by The Private Well Class you'll learn the answers to common questions, such as: how do I get my well water tested, what do I need to do to take care of my well, and is my well susceptible to contamination?

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:  What are the recommendations on what I should sample for and how often?

A:  Testing your water regularly is probably the most important thing you can do to protect you and your family’s health.  In most cases, groundwater is completely safe to drink, but sometimes there are...

Check out the full answer on our Partner Blog.

Highlighted Resource

Water Well Owner's Handbook
Oregon Water Resources Department

Groundwater is an important water source for homes, farms, industries and businesses in Oregon. This booklet provides general information about groundwater, water wells, well construction, protection of groundwater, well operation and maintenance, safe drinking water supply, water well abandonment, and Oregon rules and statutes on water wells.

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

PWC Highlight: Our Flagship E-Course, The Private Well Class

The Private Well Class is a free set of 10 lessons, emailed once a week over 10 weeks, designed to provide a comprehensive overview of groundwater and wells, source water protection, well maintenance, best practices, sampling and analysis, and water treatment. The goal of the class is to help a homeowner understand how to properly care for their water well, why they should better understand how their well works, and how to best protect their families health.  
Over 4500 well owners nationwide have taken the class so far, and we hope you will share this information with the well owners you serve.  As a partner, we have developed resources, like a flyer and an image for your webpage, so you can share this information.

Featured Video: Conventional Septic Systems

In this video, the Anne Arundel County Department of Health explains what a conventional septic system is, how it works and how to properly maintain 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

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 May 20, 2016 to be included in the June 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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