Water Well Journal

November 2016

Water Well Journal

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First UP VETERAN-OWNED, VETERAN PROUD A s Veterans Day is November 11, Water Well Journal thought it would catch up with Unitra Inc. in Stafford, Texas. Unitra is owned by Sara and John Gann. John Gann has served 16 years in the U.S. Army Reserve and previously served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He participated in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Desert Shield. Unitra manufactures the majority of its submersible pump components in its Stafford facility. The main photo depicts its assembly line where it produces approximately 200 units in an eight-hour shift. An indexing machine is shown in the photo at the top right that can do 10 operations at once and produces a part every minute. The photo to the lower right shows a machine that produces many of its plastic parts such as impellers, foot valves, and other components. First Up is a page of Water Well Journal that showcases— you! Please send in photos and brief descriptions and you just may be "first up" in an issue of WWJ ! And remember, if your photo is selected for the cover of WWJ, you'll receive $250. If your photos are selected, you will be asked to fill out a photo disclaimer form that grants the National Ground Water Association the royalty-free right to display the photos. Please send high resolution digital photos to tplumley@ngwa.org. Sustainability, resilience terms defined by NGWA volunteers Groundwater sustainability and groundwater resilience were designated a major programming focus over the next several years by the NGWA Board of Directors in June 2015. As part of that effort, the organization reached a consensus understanding of the terms for NGWA's consistent use. The definitions are: Groundwater sustainability is the development and use of groundwater resources to meet current and future beneficial uses without causing unacceptable environmental or socioeconomic consequences. (USGS Circular 1186) Resilience is the capacity of a groundwater (or water-resources) system to withstand either short-term "shocks" (e.g., drought) or longer-term change (e.g., climate change). When discussing resilience, the timeframe under consideration should be defined. Resilience applies to both water quantity and quality and may be an important concept as part of groundwater sustainability. Adaptive management is a staged decision-making approach to long-term groundwater (water-resources) management with an aim to reducing uncertainty over time via system monitoring. The Groundwater NGWA Association waterwelljournal.com 6 November 2016 WWJ

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