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NGWA offers new PFAS educational resources for private well owners

Free fact sheet and podcast seek to educate well owners on potential impacts and remediation options of PFAS in private water systems


August 25, 2020
By Ground Water Canada

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Westerville, Ohio – The National Ground Water Association has released two new educational resources for private well owners concerning per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

NGWA’s “PFAS and Private Well Owners: What You Need to Know” fact sheet is an accessible and easy-to-understand document written by members of the association’s PFAS Task Force focusing on everything private well owners should know about the impacts of PFAS on their wells.

PFAS and private water wells are also the topic of NGWA’s premier episode of its new podcast, “Know Your Well.” Each week, “Know Your Well” explores different issues facing private water well owners, from basic well maintenance to water quality. In this first episode, NGWA member and PFAS expert Karen Kinsella, Ph.D., discusses issues surrounding PFAS in water supplies and how they could affect private water systems.

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Both resources are available for a free download at NGWA.org/PFAS and WellOwner.org.

NGWA has long been an industry leader in providing PFAS research, education, and resources to the public and scientific communities. In 2018, NGWA published Groundwater and PFAS: State of Knowledge and Practice, which was one of the first PFAS guidance documents to be released.

“PFAS contamination of groundwater is a serious issue affecting many communities throughout the United States and the world,” said David S. Lipson, PhD, PG, NGWA PFAS Task Force chairman and principal hydrogeologist at HRS Water Consultants Inc. “NGWA is the best resource for private well owners who have questions about PFAS, other emerging contaminants, and the safety of their water supply.”

For more information, readers may contact Ben Frech at bfrech@ngwa.org or call (614) 898-7791, ext. 1570.