WESTERVILLE, Ohio — Following its determination that the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) properly met its standard development process, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved, pending a 15-day appeal period, for NGWA to issue ANSI/NGWA-01-14, a water well construction standard, according to a press release.

Throughout the standard development process, ANSI-required core principles to be followed were openness, balance, lack of dominance and consensus, the release reported.

NGWA's first-ever third-party sanctioned standard, ANSI/NGWA-01-14 sets a baseline of expectations for water well system professionals to meet for residential, agricultural, monitoring, industrial and public supply water wells, noted the release.

According to the release, the standard seeks to contribute to public health and safety, resource protection and to serve as an outcomes focus for NGWA's voluntary water well system professional certification program.

The process to establish the standard began eight years ago when NGWA initiated efforts to become an ANSI-accredited standards developer, continued the release, and NGWA's initiative was officially announced via ANSI's Standards Action in 2008.