WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Water Systems Council, the only national, nonprofit organization solely focused on household wells and small water well systems, has published a new Well Owners Manual that is now available for free to well owners across the U.S.
The Water Systems Council received a grant in 2015 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide technical assistance, training, and educational programs to owners of private and small community water wells. A portion of the EPA grant monies was used to produce the new Well Owner's Manual.
The 32-page manual includes sections on water well systems, well maintenance, selecting a well contractor, protecting your wellhead, water well testing, and understanding water well test results. The manual also includes a well owner's checklist and information on the wellcare® Hotline, a free hotline that provides advice on protecting, maintaining, testing, and conserving drinking well water supplies, at 888-395-1033 or online at wellcarehotline.org.
In addition, each manual comes with a free membership offer for the wellcare® Well Owners Network, which provides members with quarterly newsletters featuring tips and tools on caring for well systems, septic systems and well water as well as discounts on water test kits. Launched in 2009, the wellcare® Well Owners Network has more than 10,000 members nationwide.
"WSC is committed to ensuring that Americans who depend on water wells have safe, reliable drinking water," said Margaret Martens, WSC Executive Director. "The EPA grant has enabled us to expand our efforts to educate well owners, consumers and policymakers about water wells and the importance of protecting America's groundwater resources."
Copies of the Well Owner's Manual are being distributed by WSC as well as each of the six RCAP (Rural Community Assistance Partnership) regional offices. Those offices can be found on the RCAP website at rcap.org/regions.
For more information, visit www.wellcarehotline.org.
Margaret Martens, Executive Director
Water Systems Council
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