Here at the well site, where we are collecting valid data to serve you better, we have time to think. Then we write it down for your benefit. Check here on occasion to see what we here at Ground Water Science have to say about various things; wells, ground water, the world... from that underground point of view. We also invite you to take a look at our Ground Water Science page on Facebook where we post news, links, and comments of interest, and attempt to engage in dialog.
Managing water well construction projects (speaking as the client’s representative) requires thorough knowledge of technique, flexibility, determination and durability matching the other participants on the site, ability to communicate under stress, and respect along with projecting authority.
Read on in the attached technical paper!
Ground Water Science maintains a sizable set of web links. That seems so quaint in the era of powerful search engines. In fact, we use Google in particular extensively ourselves and it often provides great results. However, if you also use Bing or Yahoo or other search engines with the same search terms, you notice the difference. There are various explanations, including differences in how algorithms treat search strings. Search engines also steer search based on your past history and where you are searching. There is also the possibility of a commercial influence on results. Web site optimization strategies also play a role. Some organizations are abandoning web site updates in the era of Social Media. Ground Water Science has also embraced social media (which can be a serious time suck, you may have noticed).
Maybe that unoptimized web site is exactly what you need. Maybe you need a different filter. Now our web links represent an analog (human) filtration process. It is specific to water and ground water in particular. We focus on well rehabilitation and maintenance (asset management), for which we do not find search to be very helpful. Some sites are our past and present work partners, which can be considered an endorsement of quality.
So check out our list. If you have recommendations, especially non-English sites of value, let us know. If we can get links back, that is best. Old-school we know.
You can also follow our Ground Water Science Facebook page and @GWSHydros on Twitter, and even LinkedIn. Stay informed, friends.
Based on some public education writing in some of our recent work, we offer the attached short summary. Much that is visually unpleasant or smelly in water wells is natural and of local origin. However, the analytical tools are also available to link problems to human-source contamination. Finding these things out does require analysis, which Ground Water Science knows and performs.
Lately your correspondent has been reflecting: have we made any real progress in biofouling control in wells? I don't mean the science or technology, where there is undoubtedly real, revolutionary progress.
We're talking about the point of application, at the town wellfield. I think there is not enough progress, and not because we have not been making the effort to put the advances in front of the end-user audiences.
It is time the managers -- that is, those with the power of the purse, pay attention. A lot of the front-line managers and operators get it. It is time to fully embrace better methods and shed the overpromoted and underperforming.
Read the commentary and let us know what you think.
By Stuart Smith, Ground Water Science partner
My partner Allen Comeskey and I have been National Ground Water Association members for many years now. The NGWA is the U.S.-centered multi-sector professional and technical association focused on the ground-water industry. "Ground water industry" is a loose term for the science, engineering, technology, manufacturing, and distribution of goods and services to define, develop, manage, maintain, and protect ground-water resources. It is a very broad field, of course, and encompasses numerous disciplines and skill sets, from manufacturing water well casing caps to managing bioremediation programs.
Recently, I had the privilege to be part of a membership promotion feature for the NGWA with a nice Q&A interview.
I have a long association with the NGWA - in fact working for the staff in a long-bygone age (1979-1983) defined my career. For that I am grateful and very much appreciate the ongoing friendships from that time. That experience, the contacts and encouragement to risk and stretch, and the wider perspective I gained - combined with an education, personal experience, and personality that favor integrating all kinds of information to solve problems set me on my career path. Personal self-discipline and independence made the foundations of our practice possible. Allen brought his own self-discipline, technical rigor in hydrogeology, wide-ranging curiosity and willingness to expose "the emperor has no clothes" which completes who we are.
I mean all the high-sounding advice in the article.
In our case, a better industry - ground water and water supply in general - with higher expectations favors people like us. Improving practices and references raises the standards for all and makes for a better product. And if the profession and industry have invested in you, you give back and pay it forward. That's the bargain in any social contract. We can't selfishly just take and not do something for the next generation.
So yes, we encourage NGWA membership (and membership in other relevant organizations as well) and being an active member.