Water Well Journal

June 2016

Water Well Journal

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Editor's NOTE A n event where restaurants provide you samples of food and drink is not where you expect to impact those not fortunate enough to have access to water. But that is exactly what I recently did. I walked around the grounds of the historic home hosting the event in Granville, Ohio, eating way too many desserts and not enough salad samples. I stopped at a table with informa- tion about the works of the rotary the event was raising funds for when I saw a surprise. The list featured all of the good works you would expect from a local civic group—scholarships for local high school students, aid to nearby food pantries, and blood donation drives hosted throughout the year—but there was also one I didn't expect. The brochure mentioned that rotary was involved in international work, includ- ing the recent drilling of 18 water wells in Haiti. A jolt of energy went through me when I read that—and I'm pretty sure it wasn't sugar overload. I was thrilled to know in a small way I was supporting a group that not only saw the importance of not just helping those nearest to it, but also one pri- oritizing safe water. I was excited the rest of the evening. In fact, knowing the group valued water re- lief probably led to a bit too aggressive bidding on my part during the silent auction. Yes, my wife and I are now proud owners of a lovely glass vase. I plan to find out more about the water projects in Haiti. I also plan to attend the event again next year so I can continue to support the group whose feelings on the access to potable water are the same as mine. I feel strongly about helping those without safe drinking water. Fortunately there are countless groups doing wonderful work to bring water to communities and vil- lages around the world. The National Ground Water Association's website at www.NGWA.org provides information and links to several such groups. When you have time, I urge you to browse the list and read about some of the amazing work people are doing. I guarantee the stories will make your day. There are more neat stories on NGWA's website in the area discussing the National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation. The Foundation's Developing Nations Fund has granted money to groups working around the world for several years. A year ago, among the five grants it awarded was one that aided a village of 3200 people in Malawi where the nearest water well was more than three miles away. Other projects supported last year will impact people in Myanmar, Zim- babwe, and Guatemala. All of the groups and grants do wonderful work. If you are able to support one financially—or better yet with your water well expertise—you will be doing a great service. I know next year I'll be helping the group near me once again, one brownie and glass vase at a time. Thad Plumley is the editor of WWJ and director of information products at the National Ground Water Association. He can be reached at tplumley@ngwa.org and on Twitter @WaterWellJournl. HELPING OTHERS ANY WAY YOU CAN The Water Well Journal (ISSN #0043-1443) is published monthly by the National Ground Water Association, 601 Dempsey Rd., Westerville, OH 43081. Printed and mailed at Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, and additional mailing offices. Postal acceptance: Periodical (requester subscription circulation) postage paid at Westerville, Ohio, and at additional mailing offices. Postmaster: Send address changes to Water Well Journal, 601 Dempsey Rd., Westerville, OH 43081. Canada Post/ Publications Mail Agreement #40739533. Return address: 4960-2 Walker Rd., Windsor, ON N9A 6J3. Advancing the expertise of groundwater professionals and furthering groundwater awareness. Chief Executive Officer Kevin McCray, CAE kmccray@ngwa.org NGWA President Jeffrey Williams, MGWC, CVCLD Director of Information Products/Editor Thad Plumley tplumley@ngwa.org Water Well Journal Editorial Review Board Art Becker, MGWC, CPG; Tom Christopherson; Dan Milan; Roger Renner, MGWC; John Schnieders, Ph.D., and Robert Sterrett, Ph.D. Senior Editor Mike Price mprice@ngwa.org Copy Editor Wayne Beatty wbeatty@ngwa.org Production and Design Janelle McClary jmcclary@ngwa.org Advertising Brooke Smith Kelli Nilsson Matthew Thomasson Mario Reyes To inquire, contact sales@ngwa.org Circulation Coordinator Mark Jones mjones@ngwa.org Contributing Writers Mike Allen; Ed Butts, PE, CPI; Donald W. Gregory; William J. Lynott; Julie Hansen; Ronald B. Peterson; Al Rickard, CAE; Michael J. Schnieders, PG, PH-GW; Gary Shawver, MGWC; Ron Slee; Lana Straub; Raymond L. Straub Jr., PG; Jennifer Strawn; and Alexandra Walsh Editorial, Advertising, & Publishing Offices 601 Dempsey Rd., Westerville, OH 43081 (800) 551-7379 Fax: (614) 898-7786 Selected content from Water Well Journal is indexed on Ground Water On-Line™ at www.NGWA.org/gwonline © Copyright 2016 by the National Ground Water Association. All rights reserved. The Groundwater NGWA Association waterwelljournal.com 8 June 2016 WWJ

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