Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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March 18, 2014

Residential wells sought for sampling

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management Office of Water Quality is offering eligible residential well owners the opportunity to have their water tested as part of the Ground Water Monitoring Network, a statewide ambient ground water quality monitoring network consisting of residential wells and non-community public water supplies.

The GWMN began in 2008 and has expanded every year. “Last year, we completed our sixth round of sampling, sampling over 330 drinking water wells across the entire state,” according to Kevin Spindler of the IDEM ground water section drinking water branch.

“For 2014, we are seeking eligible well owners in all 92 counties in Indiana to take part in the GWMN. Testing for metals, nitrate-nitrite, Volatile Organic Compounds, Synthetic Organic Compounds, alkalinity, pesticide degradates and general chemistry will be conducted free of charge for 400 qualified well owners across the state.”

To ensure the quality of the water data collected statewide, there are some requirements to be considered for this opportunity. To be eligible for this program, the well must have been entered in the Department of Natural Resources water well database, be screened at a depth that is representative of the primary aquifer in the area and have an outside spigot that does not go through a water softener or other treatment and is accessible to IDEM staff.

Unfortunately, because this is a statewide ground water study that is focused on determining ambient water quality, not all sampling requests can be accommodated. Wells that are eligible will be selected for inclusion in the monitoring effort based on their suitability to represent the ground water in the area. Well owners that are selected to take part in this study will be notified in late spring. Sample collection is expected to begin in the summer.

Interested persons can enroll at http://www.in.gov/idem/6892.htm.

For more information, they can contact Spindler at kspindle@idem.in.gov or 317-234-3243.

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