WESTERVILLE, Ohio — The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) announced that it is leading an effort for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to study the effectiveness of public awareness outreach to private water well owners, according to a press release.

The goal of the study is to better understand effective public outreach factors motivating well owners to act and protect water quality and health, stated the release.

The release reported that under a more than $78,000 CDC grant, NGWA’s outreach project has two major steps: Interviews conducted by NGWA and the Water Quality Association (WQA) with well owner outreach program managers to learn their experiences and perspectives; and an in-depth literature search and analysis “to distill what published literature reveals about effective outreach to water well owners” by the College of Public Health at the Ohio State University.

“While there are many organizations involved in trying to educate people who own water wells for their drinking water supply, motivating them to stay on top of their water quality remains a difficult task,” said NGWA Public Awareness Director Cliff Treyens. “Our goal for this project is to gain greater insight into how to help well owners.”

Read the entire release here.