Water Well Journal

September 2015

Water Well Journal

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In this ISSUE T he September issue of Water Well Journal focuses on water conservation and green technology and has a host of feature articles touching on the subjects. The first is coauthored by Donald Hanson, RG, and Marvin Glotfelty, RG, and is titled "Design for Drought and Climate Change." Beginning on page 16, their article focuses on the importance of considering these environmental conditions when building a system for customers because factors such as water table depth or groundwater quality can be significantly impacted. The authors list a variety of things that can happen to a water well system being impacted by water table declines. These include not only obvious items like higher energy costs, but some less obvious ones such as the potential for land subsidence with associated infrastructure damage. The two also discuss ways to combat issues such as flexible well design so that as conditions change over time, the well structure can be modified to accommodate the changed conditions. A related feature story is titled "Well Construction Material Selection Crite- ria" on page 21. Authors Roger Miller and Martha Silks, PG, discuss the impor- tance of knowing details of a potential well site because your choosing the wrong materials can increase the life cycle costs of a system. The authors point out it's important to understand aquifer characteristics, water chemistry and biology, corrosion potential, mechanical challenges, and material availability when building a system. The article details the importance of understanding the water chemistry and goes over the importance of choosing the right type of casing and filter pack. It concludes by showing a real-world example with dollar amounts showing how such decisions can impact costs. Another feature article focusing on water conservation and green technology is a case study where an installation of a constant pressure system and reverse osmosis system answered the needs for a family of four. In "Case Study: Don't Just Settle with Poor Water Pressure" on page 35, author Sarah Baum writes about a Florida family that was forced to adjust their schedule for showers, laundry, dishwash- ing, and more. A water well contractor made significant changes, installing a 2200-gallon reverse osmosis water treatment system that used a booster pump to push the water through the system's membrane to a 300-gallon storage tank. A constant pressure system delivers the water from the tank to the busy family at pressure rates they had never seen in the house. The changes have not only answered all of the family's needs, but is green to boot as the reverse osmosis discharge water is used for irrigating the lawn. Columnist Ed Butts, PE, CPI, completes his three-part series on knowing key parts of water systems with "What You Should Really Know About Controls, Part 3" on page 40. The article explains what constitutes controls and then lists 10 things all contractors should know. Among those are: Don't be afraid to try some of the new controls, and know and understand your codes. The latest installment of Safety Matters by Jack Glass, CIH, CSP, QEP, CPEA, CHMM, is titled "Be Safe." Glass writes in the column beginning on page 38 the goal for professionals is when safety isn't something thought about, it is just done because it is a habit like putting on a seatbelt. He points out once someone is always "being safe" it is easy to stay that way, ensuring safe habits will always be taken to the job site. Glass writes building the habit will be the result of different things for different workers. It can be a good trainer, maybe a horrific acci- dent, or even his column. Once it happens, it can also be contagious as other workers will see the habits and try to emulate them— that's a positive for the entire company. 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. 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