If you are one of the thousands of Americans who depend on a well for water to run your household and water your livestock, you may be interested in a couple of upcoming webinars on water well construction and water testing, especially if you live in an area where hydraulic fracturing is being done or is likely to be in your future.
The two, free webinars are being offered by the National Ground Water Association and are supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. You can register for either or both webinars on the NGWA website.
In the "Water Well Construction: What Do I Need to Know?" webinar taking place May 28 at noon, participants will learn some basics about water well construction and practical steps to take in having a water well system installed. The presenter is Jeffrey W. Williams, MGWC, CVCLD, vice president of Spafford & Sons Water Wells in Vermont.
The "Testing Your Well Water in Proximity to Hydraulic Fracturing" webinar, June 11 at noon, will provide participants with guidelines for conducting baseline testing of their well water before hydraulic fracturing activity and post-hydraulic fracturing water testing. The webinar also will explain the hydraulic fracturing process, some of the chemicals used, and how some states are approaching it. The presenter is Dr. Robert Puls, director of the Oklahoma Water Survey and former technical lead of EPA's Study of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas and Its Potential Impact on Drinking Water Resources.
Free recorded webinars on well water testing, water treatment, well maintenance, groundwater protection, and well flooding are also available at the NGWA website, as well as free online lessons covering what to test water for, how to get and interpret a test, water treatment, arsenic, bacteria, nitrate, radon, well maintenance, groundwater protection, well construction, and well flooding.