[Pharmwaste] Congressional Briefing, Private Drinking Water Wells, March 27th , 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Washington D.C.

DeBiasi,Deborah dldebiasi at deq.virginia.gov
Wed Mar 4 14:39:35 EST 2009

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                                              Congressional Briefing:
Private Drinking Water Wells 
The Water Environment Federation (WEF), in cooperation with the U.S.
Geological Survey's (USGS) National Water Quality Assessment Program,
will sponsor a congressional briefing to discuss new USGS findings about
the quality of our Nation's private drinking water wells. 
The briefing is scheduled for Friday, March 27 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in
the Cannon Caucus Room of the Cannon House Office Building in
Washington, DC. 
About 43 million people-or 15 percent of the Nation's population-rely on
private wells for drinking water. Water quality in private wells is not
regulated under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, which applies only
to public-water supplies. While some state and local governments set
rules to protect users of these wells, the water and its sources are not
subject to federal standards and are not regularly monitored by experts
for quality and safety. Private wells may contain contaminants that
occur naturally in the environment or from human activity.  Households
with private wells must take special precautions to ensure the quality,
safety, and maintenance of their drinking water supplies. 
During the briefing, USGS will release findings on 2,100 wells sampled
in 48 states from 30 of the Nation's 62 major aquifers. As many as 219
properties and contaminants, such as pH, major ions, nutrients,
radionuclides, trace elements, pesticides, volatile organic compounds
(VOCs), and microbial contaminants were measured. 
Experts will describe how cooperating federal agencies and scientists
are using the information to answer important questions about the
overall quality and safety of private well water and to address public
health issues, including research by the National Cancer Institute on
arsenic in drinking water and relations to bladder cancer. In addition,
the briefing will provide guidance on state well drilling and well
testing requirements, maintenance and testing, and water treatment
Featured speakers include: 
*      Dr. Leslie DeSimone, USGS Hydrologist and lead scientist of the
USGS study 
*      Mr. Kevin McCray, Executive Director, National Ground Water
*      Dr. Kenneth Cantor, Senior Investigator, National Institutes of
Health, National Cancer Institute 
*      Dr. Matthew Larsen, USGS Associate Director for Water (Moderator)

This briefing is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required. For
more information, contact Donna Myers (dnmyers at usgs.gov, 703-648-5012)
at USGS or Nick Bardis (nbardis at wef.org, 703-684-2400 x7731) at WEF.

Deborah L. DeBiasi 
Email:   dldebiasi at deq.virginia.gov 
WEB site address:  www.deq.virginia.gov 
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality 
Office of Water Permit Programs 
Industrial Pretreatment/Toxics Management Program 
PPCPs, EDCs, and Microconstituents 
Mail:          P.O. Box 1105, Richmond, VA  23218 (NEW!) 
Location:  629 E. Main Street, Richmond, VA  23219 
PH:         804-698-4028 
FAX:      804-698-4032 

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