Newsletter #16 for April 2017
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AWWA National Drinking Water Week

For more than 35 years the American Water Works Association and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week – 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. Please join AWWA as we celebrate water!

Join AWWA to celebrate water May 7-13, 2017!

The Private Well Conference

Have you registered yet for the Private Well Conference?

This conference is shaping up to be a one-of-a-kind event to learn from your peers about how to reach well owners, what private well issues are important, and learn about what others are doing to raise awareness about private wells and in dealing with a range of private well issues.  Experts from around the country will be sharing their experience, ideas, concerns, and solutions to today’s private well issues.  It’s your chance to talk with colleagues and develop in person relationships with like-minded professionals who work with private well owners.

To register and see the agenda, go to

From the Blog: Tia Hastings Talks Tribal Water

Tia Hastings is an Environmental Engineer with the Indian Health Service (IHS). She provides engineering and project management services for projects with Native American Tribes and Nations for the New York and New England areas.

The Private Well Class met Tia at the Tribal Lands and Environment Forum (TLEF) last year in Connecticut. In this blog post, Tia Hastings talks successes, challenges, and duties working with the IHS and tribal water.

Read the blog post here.

Upcoming Webinars

Is My Water Safe to Drink? - Common Questions about Private Wells
Monday, April 24, 2017 at 1PM 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 to get your well water tested, what you need to do to take care of you well, and if your well susceptible to contamination.

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 link:
What Environmental Health Professionals Need to Know About Private Wells
Monday, May 8, 2017 at 1PM CT
Hosted by

This free webinar will provide an introduction to groundwater, well construction, water quality, and well care best practices for environmental health professionals and others who serve well owners. Information on how to find local experts and sources of additional free training will be included. The webinar will be recorded. NEHA CE credits are available for those who attend live.

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 link:
Want to see what else we've got planned?
See the Webinar Schedule

PWC Highlight: 2017 Training Workshops

The 2017 Training Workshops page has been updated. There are workshops available for both the environmental health professional and sanitarian and also trainings suited for well owners.

Workshops for Environmental Health Professionals
California Workshop | West Sacramento, CA | August 24, 2017 | Flyer
Oregon Workshop | Portland, OR | September 7, 2017 | Flyer

Workshops for Well Owners
Montana Workshop | Park City, MT | April 3, 2017 | Flyer
California Workshop | Sacramento, CA | April 8, 2017 | Flyer 
Tennessee Workshop | Sneedville, TN | April 18, 2017 | Flyer 
Nevada Workshop | Pahrump, NV | April 22, 2017 | Flyer
Arizona Workshop | Prescott, AZ | May 13, 2017 | Flyer

View 2017 training workshops here.

Partner Events

Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium
May 3, 2017
Hosted by Penn State Extension and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

The Symposium theme, "Groundwater and Drinking Water: Making the Connection," will provide a forum for researchers, students, professionals and educators working in the groundwater field to exchange information and promote protection of groundwater resources throughout the state.

Register here.
NEHA 2017 Annual Educational Conference & Exhibition
July 10-13, 2017
Hosted by National Environmental Health Association

The Private Well Class will be attending the 2017 NEHA Conference to give a presentation "Private Well Assessment and Outreach for EHPs." NEHA CE credits are available for those who attend.

Register here.

Highlighted Resources

Alaska BMPs for Well Decommissioning and BMPs for Private (Non-Public) Well Construction
Alaska DEC; Alaska DNR; Alaska WWA

Stakeholders of Alaska’s groundwater have formed a voluntary work group to address groundwater protection issues.  So far, the work group has created a web site and publications that help residents be good stewards of this shared natural resource. These Best Management Practices (BMPs), "Alaska BMPs for the Construction of Non-Public Water Wells" and "Alaska BMPs for Decommissioning Water Wells or Boreholes" were designed for Alaskans who use, provide access to, or otherwise have a vested interest in Alaska’s groundwater quality and quantity, with the intent of protecting their shared resource through proper construction, maintenance, and decommissioning of groundwater wells. 

Download BMPs for construction here (voluntary). 
Download BMPs for decommissioning here.
Visit the website to learn more.
Looking for something else? We link to a variety of helpful resources.
Browse our Class Resources

Featured Video: Public Health Matters with Uncas Health District

In this video, Ryan Tetreault and Kenny Foscue from the Connecticut Department of Public Health discuss private wells and drinking water. Topics include testing, water quality, and well construction.

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!

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, 2017 to be included in the May 1, 2017 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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