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Small communities interested in source water protection across their regional area may be interested in a new program from the team behind SmallWaterSupply.org (SWSO). PrivateWellClass.org is a basic education-focused website funded by the US EPA, in partnership with the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP). 

The Private Well Class centers on a 10 week email course that teaches homeowners how to properly care for and maintain their water well. This includes introductory information on geology, well contamination and water testing. The site is designed to serve the 45 million Americans who rely on a private well for their drinking water and includes a pre- and post-test quiz to test knowledge improvement.

Understanding how to prevent groundwater contamination, both on the property and via cross-connection control, will be addressed in the lessons as well as during a series of three live webinars.  

Steve Wilson, the project manager at SmallWaterSupply.org and a career groundwater hydrologist, has combined his own knowledge with the vast resources already available on private wells. As with SWSO, the goal with PrivateWellClass.org is to distill the best information into user-friendly content and lessons. 

To date, more than 1200 individuals have signed up for The Private Well Class. Enrollment opened in early December 2012 and the team is actively reaching out to state agencies, extension offices and other organizations that serve homeowners. 

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