Several sources of technical assistance are available to help you with
your private wells issues and to protect your water supply:
- The Water Systems Council, a nonprofit organization solely focused
on individual wells and other well-based systems, recently opened a
hotline for well owners partially funded by a grant from the U.S. EPA.
- Well owners with questions about wells and well water can call
the new hotline at 1-888-395-1033 or visit their web site at www.wellcarehotline.org.
- Farm*A*Syst/Home*A*Syst provides
fact sheets and worksheets to help farmers and rural residents assess
pollution risks and develop management plans geared toward their circumstances.
For example, Farm*A*Syst helps farmers and ranchers identify pollution
risks from nitrates, microbes, and toxic chemicals. Home*A*Syst reaches
homeowners who face pollution risks from faulty septic systems, pesticide
use, petroleum leaks, and hazardous waste disposal.
- American Ground Water Trust, a
non-profit education organization providing information to the well
- National Ground Water Association's
Wellowner.org, providing information to consumers on ground water
and water wellls through wellowner.org
- American Water Works Association,
an international nonprofit scientific and educational society dedicated
to the improvement of drinking water quality and supply
for Disease Control and Prevention has information on private drinking
water wells and your health.
- Ground Water Foundation,
a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and motivating people
to care for and about ground water
- National Drinking Water Clearinghouse,
a public service organization that collects, develops, and distributed
timely drinking water-related information. Sponsored through the US
Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service
- National Association of Counties,
search on "wells"
- Local health departments and agricultural extension agents can also
provide general technical assistance. They can be found under the "government"
or "health" listings in your phone book.
Among EPA's publications that may help you is the detailed Manual of
Individual and Non-public Water Supply Systems (EPA 570/9-91-004). ORDER
EPA's Safe Drinking Water Hotline also
provides access to publications and technical assistance over the phone
at (800) 426-4791. Hotline staff may be able to direct you to sources
of state and local assistance.