(WESTERVILLE, OH — November 19, 2013) The National Ground Water Association has issued a new best suggested practice (BSP) for dealing with methane gas in residential water well systems.
Intended to give guidance to water well system professionals, Reduce and Mitigate Problematic Concentrations of Methane in Residential Water Well Systems may also be of value to well owners though professional assistance is strongly encouraged due to the health and safety concerns.
NGWA’s new BSP includes:
The document states that proper construction and regular maintenance of water wells are important to reducing risks to groundwater and protecting public health. If there are concerns about the presence of methane in a residential water well, the water supply should be tested. Testing should be performed by a certified drinking water testing laboratory.
This BSP was developed by a work group of NGWA member professionals drawing from extensive experience and referenced research. Available as a PDF, Reduce and Mitigate Problematic Concentrations of Methane in Residential Water Well Systems can be downloaded through the NGWA online bookstore. While free to NGWA members, there is a nominal charge to nonmembers.
To learn more about NGWA’s other BSPs, visit the industry best suggested practices page on NGWA.org or call 800 551.7379 (614 898.7791).
For those seeking additional information on methane, please see NGWA’s position paper, Hydraulic Fracturing: Meeting the Nation’s Energy Needs While Protecting Groundwater Resources, and the Water Wells in Proximity to Natural Gas or Oil Development information brief.
NGWA, a nonprofit organization composed of U.S. and international groundwater professionals — contractors, equipment manufacturers, suppliers, scientists, and engineers — is dedicated to advancing groundwater knowledge. NGWA’s vision is to be the leading groundwater association that advocates the responsible development, management, and use of water.
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