Water Well Journal

January 2017

Water Well Journal

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WWJ: How much can you potentially impact or lengthen a well's life if using the method in the book? Authors: The core foundation of designing the well correctly, taking care during construction and properly developing the resource, regularly monitoring and addressing maintenance concerns in a timely and safe manner, can easily prolong a well's life. A well is no different than so many things in our life; they require regular care and maintenance. More so when you con- sider the number of potential impacts and influences that exist when you are considering a water supply well. WWJ: Flooded well systems are discussed in the book. What do water well professionals need to think about as climate change becomes more preva- lent, bringing more rain and flooding? Authors: Common sense issues such as setting the well out- side of a drainage or low-lying area, diverting potential water pathways away from the wellhead, enhancing the well seal and wellhead protection efforts, and when necessary, going beyond the basic requirements are all important aspects as well as educating the well owner on these challenges and the potential increase in occurrences. WWJ: What do you think is the most important fac- tor today when it comes to good well maintenance? Authors: Being proactive! Moving beyond the common run- to-failure and out-of-sight, out-of-mind attitudes. We need to really look at the well as a long-term resource and design, construct, and maintain specific to that well setting and need—not just the basic requirements or cheapest effort. Get the Just-Published Book on the Stages of a Well System The book, Operational Stage of the Well, was just published by NGWA Press. The book is authored by Thomas M. Hanna, PG, Michael J. Schnieders, PG, PH-GW, and John H. Schnieders, Ph.D., CPC. It details how to understand vari- ous factors and how they impact well operation and maintenance. Through research, field work, and laboratory work they have developed a method for assessing the information and as- signing a value to the well in regard to its health. Get more information and order in the NGWA Bookstore at www.NGWA.org. WWJ Thad Plumley is the editor of WWJ and director of infor- mation products at the National Ground Water Associa- tion. He can be reached at tplumley@ngwa.org and on Twitter @WaterWellJournl. Twitter @WaterWellJournl WWJ January 2017 29

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