(WESTERVILLE, OH -- May 23, 2014)
Following its determination that the National Ground Water Association (NGWA)
properly met its standard development process, the American National Standards
Institute (ANSI) has approved, pending a 15-day appeal period, for NGWA to
issue ANSI/NGWA-01-14, a water well construction standard. Throughout the
standard development process, ANSI-required core principles to be followed were
openness, balance, lack of dominance, and consensus.
third-party sanctioned standard, ANSI/NGWA-01-14 sets a baseline of
expectations for water well system professionals to meet for residential,
agricultural, monitoring, industrial, and public supply water wells. The
standard seeks to contribute to public health and safety, resource protection,
and to serve as an outcomes focus for NGWA's voluntary water well
system professional certification program.
The process to establish the
standard began eight years ago when NGWA initiated efforts to become an ANSI-accredited standards developer. NGWA's initiative was officially announced via
ANSI's Standards Action in 2008.
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"This is a very good day for
our industry. I trust this standard will help us all design and build better
products and services for our customers," said Todd E. Hunter, CWD/PI, a
member of NGWA's Standards Development Oversight Committee and an NGWA Board
officer. "I thank everyone involved for the countless hours spent putting
Thom M. Hanna, RPG, also a member
of NGWA's Standards Development Oversight Committee, said the standard will
provide minimum criteria to anyone who needs guidance on properly designed and
constructed well systems.
"There is more guidance in
some places than others, but there are a lot of areas where there is no
guidance," said Hanna, adding that people look to NGWA for such guidance,
which now will be readily available through the standard.
It will be available in the NGWA
bookstore in the near future.
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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