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American Water Works Association

This organization, established in 1881, is the largest non-profit, scientific, and educational group working toward managing and treating water properly. It helps protect public health, protect the environment, and improve quality of life. Its technical experts cooperating with other groups of technical experts provide standards for all aspects of water quality and the material and equipment utilized to treat and distribute it. They provide manuals which can be utilized by water professionals and the general public. They provide a variety of educational efforts.

American National Standards Institute

This organization for more than 90 years has acted as an administrator and coordinator of voluntary standardization systems for the private sector in the United States. It is the accrediting agency for procedures and standards which are adopted for use in various industries utilizing voluntary standards of performance and equipment. In this role, it works along with other groups to determine the best approach to the handling, treatment, and distribution of water as one of its subspecialties.

NSF International

This organization is involved in public health and safety. It has a professional staff of engineers, microbiologists, toxicologist, chemists, and experts in public health in various locations worldwide. Its laboratories conduct a large amount of testing, certification, and technical services. They provide a large amount of services for the water industry to ensure the quality and safety of products. They write standards, conduct tests, and certify products for drinking water, pools and spas, plumbing, and wastewater.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This governmental agency, as part of its mission, provides scientific information on surface water and groundwater which will be used for the raw water source for a drinking water supply. It also provides substantial studies on outbreaks of waterborne disease and will provide experts to help determine causes of disease and how to quickly resolve the problems. It provides information for the prevention of waterborne disease.

University Extension Services

Agricultural extension agents are excellent resources for individuals wanting to install wells or upgrade those which already exist. These services also provide in-depth documents to help understand various water problems and how best to resolve them.

Local and State Health Departments

These governmental agencies provide all necessary information, rules and regulations, permits for installation, inspection services, and emergency testing and evaluation of groundwater supply delivery systems when problems are suspected. They also provide necessary documents to help with the understanding of the water wells, proper installation, and maintenance.

American Ground Water Trust

This organization’s mission is to provide information on groundwater and the environment, groundwater management, groundwater science, and solutions to technological problems. It also works in partnership with local, state, and other national organizations as well as various governmental agencies to discuss, determine, and manage water systems, using Best Practices in groundwater supplies.

Water Systems Council

This organization through its wellcare® program helps well owners maintain their wells and the quality of their well water. This program works exclusively with individual water wells and small water well systems.

State Governmental Agencies

These agencies may be found in every state. The programs of the agencies in Wisconsin cover laws and rules; publications; water quality data; consumer confidence reports; contaminants; health effects; and laboratories. Their material and personnel discuss water protection, wellhead protection, water problems, drinking water issues, and laboratory analysis results. In Maryland and Pennsylvania, they do the same as in Wisconsin and also include information on droughts.

The US Environmental Protection Agency

This agency has developed a Private Well Initiative under the Safe Drinking Water Act to create a resource that provides data for water quantity and quality in private wells for unregulated drinking water sources. This resource also helps identify, evaluate, and recommend to owners of private drinking water sources techniques to prevent and control drinking water contaminants.

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