September Promotional Events:  Protect Your Groundwater Day and SepticSmart Week

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Protect Your Groundwater Day is September 5th:  The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) is encouraging the protection of public health and the health of the environment by celebrating “Protect Your Groundwater Day.” This year’s celebration will take place on September 5th. State drinking water programs should consider sharing information about “Protect Your Groundwater Day” with their water utilities and residents, as a means to create greater awareness about protecting this valuable resource.  For more information, visit the NGWA website and WellOwner.orgwebsite. To ask questions, please contact Cliff Tryens of NGWA at ctreyens@ngwa.org.

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SepticSmart Week is September 18-22:  Each year, EPA holds SepticSmart Week with outreach activities to encourage homeowners and communities to care for and maintain their septic systems. This year, SepticSmart Week will be held from September 18-22. State drinking water programs and communities will want to use this opportunity to inform homeowners on proper septic system care and maintenance, promote homeowner education and awareness, and educate local decision makers about infrastructure options available to improve and sustain communities. Visit EPA’s website to download SepticSmart materials and a proclamation template, read about suggested events and activities, view highlights and case studies of community efforts across the nation, and participate in the conversation on social media #SepticSmartWeek.

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EPA Webinar on How State and Local Governments Can Promote SepticSmart Week in September

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EPA’s Decentralized MOU Partnership is hosting a webinar on May 16th from 2:00pm to 3:30pm (eastern).  This webinar will share information from presenters in two states (Washington and Alaska) and one city (Ogden Dunes, Indiana) whose governors and mayors have made SepticSmart Week Proclamations.  Learn more about these proclamations and other activities by joining this webinar and hearing from individuals who led the efforts at the state, county, or local level.

SPACE IS LIMITED. RESERVE YOUR WEBINAR SEAT NOW AT: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6651424505486693378

For additional information on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Decentralized Wastewater MOU Partnership and past recorded webinars, please visit: https://www.epa.gov/septic

 

 

 

 

Next Week is National Groundwater Awareness Week

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National Groundwater Awareness Week is taking place next week, from March 5-11.  Please consider helping the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) promote this special week with your water utilities and the public by sharing some information and resources about the importance of ground water on your websites, and through social media and other communication channels.  Following are some resources that NGWA has created about groundwater and water well stewardship (including information for private well maintenance). Some can be used as is; others can be adapted, modified, or customized as necessary.

For more information and to become a “Groundwater Advocate,” please contact Cliff Treyens of NGWA at ctreyens@ngwa.org.

USGS Webinar on PFASs in New Hampshire’s Drinking Water

The USGS National Water Quality Monitoring Council will hold a webinar on Tuesday, March 28 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm (eastern).  During the webinar, Brandon Kernen from the New Hampshire Drinking Water Program will present “The Assessment and Regulation of PFASs in New Hampshire’s Drinking Water.”  He will discuss the detection of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) at multiple sites that have contaminated hundreds of private drinking water wells and several public water supply sources serving tens of thousands of people.  He will also share recommendations to address the associated regulatory, environmental, technical, and social challenges.  Click HERE for more information and to register.

Plan Now for Protect Your Groundwater Day and SepticSmart Week in September

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Protect Your Groundwater Day:  The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) is encouraging the protection of public health and the health of the environment by celebrating “Protect Your Groundwater Day.” This year’s celebration will take place on September 6, where every citizen is encouraged to ACT: Acknowledge the causes of preventable groundwater contamination, Consider which apply to you, and then Take action by keeping groundwater safe from contamination, as well as using it wisely by not wasting it.  State drinking water programs should consider sharing information about “Protect Your Groundwater Day” with their water utilities and residents, as a means to create greater awareness about protecting this valuable resource.  For more information, visit the NGWA website and WellOwner.org website. To ask questions, please contact Cliff Tryens of NGWA at ctreyens@ngwa.org.

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SepticSmart Week:  Each year, EPA holds SepticSmart Week with outreach activities to encourage homeowners and communities to care for and maintain their septic systems. This year, SepticSmart Week will be held from September 19-23.  State drinking water programs and communities will want to use this opportunity to inform homeowners on proper septic system care, promote homeowner education and awareness, and educate local decision makers about infrastructure options available to improve and sustain communities. Visit EPA’s website to download SepticSmart materials and a proclamation template, read about suggested events and activities, and view highlights and case studies of community efforts across the nation.

USGS Publishes Groundwater Corrosivity Study

A recent U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) assessment of more than 20,000 wells nationwide indicates that groundwater found in 25 states in the northeast, southeast, and northwest, and the District of Columbia has a high potential for being naturally corrosive. The findings have the greatest implications for homeowners with private drinking water systems, though some of the data in the study are for samples collected from public supply wells. Naturally corrosive water is not dangerous to consume by itself. Nevertheless, it can cause health-related problems by reacting with pipes and plumbing fixtures in homes. If plumbing materials contain lead or copper, these metals may be leached into the water supply by corrosive water. Signs of corrosive water causing leaching of metals may include bluish-green stains in sinks, metallic taste to water, and small leaks in plumbing fixtures.

Two indicators were used to assess the potential corrosivity of groundwater. The first index is the Langelier Saturation Index, an indicator of whether mineral scale may form on the inside of pipes and prevent the release of lead to drinking water. The second indicator, the chloride-to-sulfate ratio, measures the potential of source water to promote the release of lead in pipes through galvanic corrosion. These two indicators were combined into one indicator to assess the prevalence of potentially corrosive groundwater nationwide.  View maps, download the data, and learn more about this national assessment of groundwater corrosivity online.  For more information, contact Ken Belitz of USGS at kbelitz@usgs.gov.

 

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Plan Now for National Groundwater Awareness week in March!

 

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National Groundwater Awareness Week will take place again this year from March 6-12. The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) encourages you to promote this week to support groundwater awareness on your websites and social media, and share with your water systems.  This week provides an excellent opportunity to educate the public about groundwater and its importance to public health, quality of life, and the environment.  Following are links to a variety of messages and materials NGWA has created about groundwater and water well stewardship (including information for private well maintenance).  Some can be used as is and others can be adapted, modified, or customized to your state or locale.

This year, NGWA has also developed a news media database (via excel download) send news releases and announcements to the media.  This will help you further promote your organization and groundwater awareness in conjunction with Groundwater Awareness Week.  To make it easy to locate news media in your state, go to the telephone number column. The area codes are in descending numerical order so you can easily pick out media with area codes in your state. Then just copy and paste the corresponding email addresses in order to email a news release, news advisory, an invitation to interview, an announcement, etc.

Please join NGWA and the promotional partners (including ASDWA) in letting the public know about groundwater and how to be a good groundwater and water well steward. A big thanks goes out to those state agencies that have already committed and are listed on the Groundwater Awareness Week web page!   To be listed as a promotional partner, for more information, and to ask questions, please contact Cliff Treyens of NGWA at ctreyens@ngwa.org.

 

Plan Now for National Groundwater Awareness Week: March 8-14

The 17th annual National Groundwater Awareness Week will take place from March 8-14 this year.  The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) invites you to celebrate the week by helping to educate the public about groundwater and its importance to public health, quality of life, and the environment.  State drinking water programs will want to share the materials and messages that NGWA has created with their utilities and the public about groundwater and water well stewardship (including information for private well maintenance).  Please take a look at the following resources that are available for your use.  Some can be used as is and others can be adapted or customized to your state or a local community.

Please join NGWA and the promotional partners (including ASDWA) in letting the public know about groundwater and how to be a good groundwater and water well steward. A big thanks goes out to those state agencies that have already committed and are listed on the Groundwater Awareness Week web page!   To be listed as a promotional partner, for more information, and to ask questions, please contact Cliff Treyens of NGWA at ctreyens@ngwa.org.