Homeowners in small communities and rural areas without a public water supply often don’t fully understand how to manage, operate, and protect their private well.
The Illinois State Water Survey and Illinois Water Resources Center at University of Illinois are pleased to announce a new nationwide training initiative funded by Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP)and threw a grant from 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
The lessons will be reinforced by monthly webinars you can attend as often as you wish, even after the emailed class materials have ended. Click here to find out how the class works.