Water Well Journal

June 2015

Water Well Journal

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In this ISSUE T he June 2015 issue of Water Well Journal contains our annual buyers guide as well as timely articles as June is National Safety Month. Here is a sneak peek of what is on the pages ahead. The 2015 Water Well Journal Buyers Guide begins on page 45. Viewing is essential if you are in the market for new equipment or tools. The guide is divided into four sections. The first is a directory of manufacturers followed by a directory of manufacturer representatives and a directory of suppliers. These are followed by an index of products and services. The index features a detailed list of products and services used in the industry. The directories feature equipment descriptions and complete contact information, making it easier when it's time to make that next purchase. Safety is highlighted in a feature article and column. Load se- curement is the subject of freelance writer Jennifer Strawn's cover story, "Is Your Equipment Secure?" on page 27. Strawn speaks with water well contractors and a safety director about the impor- tance of proper load securement. Strawn highlights the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administra- tion's cargo securement rules and what compliance officers look for. A common mistake is not using enough tiedowns for the cargo. The article details how many straps are needed. If you miss a requirement, the officer could put you out of service until everything is properly secured. Helpful diagrams reinforce how to properly tie down cargo. The article concludes with additional securement requirements for transporting mobile equipment. When securing any item, the safety director offers this additional piece of advice: Anything that "jiggles" isn't secured correctly. The monthly installment of the Safety Matters column centers on the timeless issue of how to create a culture of safety. The column, "Safety Training Makes Sense," begins on page 32 and columnist Alexandra Walsh lists ways to implement safety practices along with resources from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Training in the proper performance of a job is time and money well spent, and the employer might do well to regard it as an investment rather than an expense. Among many benefits, an effective program of safety and health training for workers can result in fewer injuries and illnesses, better morale, and lower insurance premiums. Gary L. Hix, RG, CWD/PI, writes about an important topic in a Guest Editorial titled "Ethical Issues Surrounding Well Inspections" on page 12. The editorial addresses what the author thinks are a few ethical concerns water well and pump contractors might want to be aware of when inspecting and sampling wells, especially when being performed for real estate transfers or refinancing transactions. A well inspection report should be a representation of what was found and evaluated at the time of the inspection, and in no way suggest a guarantee of the well or overall system's future perform- ance. It's essential the report be an accurate and objective representation of facts. Water well contractors must recognize they have a responsibility to represent their client and deliver a fair and objective inspection report of the well and water system. This month's Your Money column examines exchange-traded funds in "Taking a Closer Look" on page 36. Columnist William J. Lynott writes much like a regular mutual fund, an ETF holds a basket of assets such as stocks, commodities, or bonds. One important difference is ETFs trade on the stock exchanges much like regular stocks. ETFs may not be an available option for some employer-sponsored retirement plans. As with any form of investment, ETFs carry both risks and rewards. How- ever, their increasing popularity and phenomenal growth suggest they are at least worth consideration for any investment portfolio. Disclaimer Water Well Journal and the National Ground Water Association provide information for guid- ance and information purposes only. This publi- cation is not intended to provide investment, tax, or legal advice. The information contained herein has been compiled from sources deemed reliable and it is accurate to the best of our knowledge and belief; however, Water Well Journal and the National Ground Water Association cannot guarantee as to its accuracy, completeness, and validity and cannot be held liable for any errors or omissions. All information contained herein should be independently verified and confirmed. Water Well Journal and the National Ground Water Association do not accept any liability for any loss or damage howsoever caused in reliance upon such information. Reader agrees to assume all risk resulting from the application of any of the information provided by Water Well Journal and the National Ground Water Association. Trademarks and copyrights mentioned within Water Well Journal are the ownership of their respective companies. The names of products and services presented are used only in an edu- cational fashion and to the benefit of the trade- mark and copyright owner, with no intention of infringing on trademarks or copyrights. No endorsement of any third-party products or services is expressed or implied by any infor- mation, material, or content referred to in the Water Well Journal. Subscriptions/Back Issues For questions, changes or problems with your subscription call Katie Neer. Subscriptions: Water well contractors and other qualified groundwater industry personnel in U.S. and Canada — free; others in U.S. — $115 per year; $15 per copy. Canada – $135 per year; $24 per copy. International: $150 per year; $35 per copy. Subscriptions available through NGWA offices only. We reserve the right to re- fuse subscriptions to anyone not directly en- gaged in the groundwater industry. Claims for missing issues must be made in writing within three months of publication and will be subject to the availability of back issues. Advertising Disclaimer Advertisers and advertising agencies assume liability for all content (including text, repre- sentation, and illustrations) of advertisements printed and also assume responsibility for any claims arising therefrom made against the pub- lisher. The publisher reserves the right to reject any advertising that it believes is not in keeping with the publication's standards or is deemed unsuitable or misleading. waterwelljournal.com Gary Hix, RG, CWD/PI 10 June 2015 WWJ Jennifer Strawn

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