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The following information provides links to educational information and events that occur continuously or at various times throughout the year.  For local event information, contact your city or county health department office to see if they are planning "Test Your Well Events" or other types of events.  
If you need assistance locating the phone number of your city or county health department office, click Find My Local Health Department.

National Ground Water Association (NGWA)  www.ngwa.org

Wellowner.org

The National Groundwater Association has developed a series of on-line water well owner trainings and factsheets which can be viewed at: www.WellOwner.org.  

The Private Well Owner Hotline (855-H2O-Well or 855-420-9355)

  • A new service to help household well owners find information on construction, maintenance, water quality and groundwater protection. 
  • The Private Well Owner Hotline operating hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time, except national holidays.

Private Well Owner Tip Sheet

  • Free monthly tip sheet to provide practical information on how to reduce risks to your water supply.

For information about the National Ground Water Association, go to www.ngwa.org.

Groundwater Awareness 

March 10 - 16, 2019 is the 20th Anniversary of National Groundwater Awareness Week. This year’s theme, "Think", was designed to urge each of us to consider various ways we can protect our most valuable natural resource. So Think about not running the water while you brush your teeth. Or Think about getting that leaking faucet fixed. Think about the farmers that rely on groundwater to grow the food we eat. And Think about having your well inspected to protect your drinking water system. In short, during #GWAW, Think about our future. 

US Groundwater Facts

  • Approximately 132 million Americans rely on groundwater for drinking water. It is used for irrigation, livestock, manufacturing, mining, thermoelectric power, and several additional purposes, making it one of the most widely used and valuable natural resources we have. Consider the following facts:
  • Americans use 79.6 billion gallons of groundwater each day.
  • Groundwater is 20 to 30 times larger than all U.S. lakes, streams, and rivers combined.
  • 44 percent of the U.S. population depends on groundwater for its drinking water supply.
  • More than 13.2 million households have their own well, representing 34 million people.
  • 99 percent of all available freshwater comes from aquifers underground.

Ohio Groundwater Facts

  • Approximately six and a half million (about 45% of) Ohioans rely on groundwater every day for their drinking water supply.
  • More than 600,000 households (approximately 1.45 million people), in Ohio, use groundwater from a well as their water supply.
  • 916 public water systems, in Ohio, receive water solely from groundwater resources which supply water to 2.88 million Ohioans.
  • 18 public water systems, in Ohio, receive water from both ground water and surface water and serve 3.3 million Ohioans, which includes Cincinnati, Dayton, and Columbus.
  • Lake Erie receives approximately 48% of its water from ground water discharge into the lake.  Eighty-nine (89) small and large community water systems, in the Lake Erie basin, obtain their water from Lake Erie and supply the water to approximately 2.8 million people.

For more information about Groundwater Awareness Week, please visit https://www.ngwa.org/get-involved/groundwater-awareness-week/groundwater-awareness-week-2019.​

The Private Well Class 

Free online training for homeowners with water wells (collaboration between the Rural Community Assistance Partnership, the University of Illinois, and Illinois State Water Survey at Prairie Research Institute.  It is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.)

The Private Well Class is designed to help a homeowner better understand how to properly care for their water well, to ensure their water remains safe to drink. By understanding the basic science of water wells and following best practices to maintain and protect your water supply, this class will provide the tools you need to ensure a safe water supply and help extend the life of your well. The following topics will be covered in the ten-part email course:

  • Understanding how groundwater moves and gets into your well; 
  • How water gets from your well to your faucet; 
  • Basics of well construction and the type of well you have; 
  • How groundwater and wells get contaminated; 
  • Common operations issues for well owners; 
  • How to care for and maintain your well, pump, and infrastructure; 
  • Testing your well water and ensuring water is safe to drink; 
  • Understanding test results and fixing water quality problems; 
  • Understanding regulations that affect you; 
  • What to do in an emergency or equipment failure; 
  • Where to find help and get questions answered locally.   

Webinars are also available for:

  • How your private well works; 
  • Proper care of your private well; 
  • Water quality and your private well.