Water Well Journal

June 2016

Water Well Journal

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In this ISSUE T he June issue of Water Well Journal contains our annual buyers guide as well as timely articles as June is National Safety Month. Here is a preview of what is on the pages ahead. The 2016 Water Well Journal Buyers Guide begins on page 55. 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. Freelance writer Jennifer Strawn covers a topic all water well contractors need to be aware of every day in the cover story "Working Safely Around Electricity" on page 18. She touches on how overhead lines, lightning strikes, underground utilities, and even faulty hand tools can put workers at risk. She goes over Occupational Safety and Health Administration reg- ulations for working near overhead power lines and provides tips to remain safe if your rig would encounter lines or should get struck by lightning. The importance of one-call services to locate underground utilities is also stressed as is good work habits such as lockout tagout and using voltmeters to prevent accidents when using tools. OSHA's updated OSHA Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines is the subject of a feature story by freelance writer Lana Straub. In "All Parties Involved" on page 23, Straub states many of the rules remain the same as they have for years but have now been modernized. She adds the most notable change is OSHA wanting employees involved in a company's safety culture. The Guidelines contain seven core elements and Straub provides detail on all of them. They are: management leadership, worker participation, hazard identification and assessment, hazard prevention and control, education and training, program evaluation and improvement, and coordination and communication on multi- employer worksites. This month's installment of Safety Matters discusses safety resources for you and your company. Columnist Gary Ganson writes in "Compliance Resources for Your Business" on page 40 there are an abundance of free or low-cost resources that can help you ensure your business remains in OSHA compliance. Not surprisingly, the place he says to start at is OSHA. He shares OSHA's website features information about free consultation, interactive computer software, publications, technical and training information, and easy-to-follow guidelines and standards. Also discussed are the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Internet resources, national agencies and associations, industry sources, and print publications like Water Well Journal. Ganson warns, though, to be careful when viewing information on the Internet and to only get information from reputable sources like the National Ground Water Association's website. WWJ Senior Editor Mike Price wraps up his three-part look at "Aquifers in the United States" by focusing on the Turlock Subbasin and the San Joaquin Valley on page 29. The Turlock Subbasin underlies the San Joaquin River in the San Joaquin Valley of central California, one of the largest aquifers in the western United States. The San Joaquin Valley is one of the most productive agricultural regions in the nation. Price covers how water wells are being constructed to prevent buckling from land subsidence as well as challenges faced drilling in the aquifer's alluvial material, the water quality of the aquifer, water levels within the aquifer, and a look toward the future with the implementation of California's Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. 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 Carol Clark. Subscriptions: Water well contractors and other qualified groundwater industry personnel in U.S. and Canada — free; others in U.S. and Canada — $115 per year; $15 per copy. International: $150 per year; $35 per copy. Subscriptions available through NGWA offices only. We re- serve the right to refuse subscriptions to any- one not directly engaged in the groundwater industry. Claims for missing issues must be made in writing within three months of publi- cation 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. Mike Price Jennifer Strawn WWJ June 2016 9 Twitter @WaterWellJournl

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