West Sacramento, Calif. — Private well owners in specific counties in four western states are eligible to participate in Rural Community Assistance Corporation’s (RCAC) Individual Well Program, which provides free private well assessments for those not regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act.

An estimated 43 million people in the U.S. rely on private water wells as their sole drinking water source, according to a U.S. Geological Survey. A well assessment can identify potential threats to individual wells that may impact drinking water quality and safety. Assessments include possible contamination sources, visual inspection, well construction and water source evaluation. In addition, RCAC’s professional staff will perform sanitary surveys, water quality surveys and test for nitrites.

During 2017, RCAC staff will perform well assessments for well owners in Arizona (Yavapai and Maricopa counties), California (Placer, Nevada, Madera, Merced, Stanislaus, Sacramento and Yolo counties), Idaho (Canyon County), and Nevada (Nye and Churchill counties).

RCAC also will offer three well owner workshops in Arizona, California and Nevada. For updates on the workshop schedule, to request an assessment or find out more about the program visit https://www.rcac.org/environmental/individual-well-program/.

“Living in San Diego for most of my life and now being a rural homeowner with a well has really enlightened me on the need to make sure my well is running correctly and providing that precious resource—safe water. This program helps well owners obtain vital information about their well and water quality,” said David Wallis, well program manager.

This program is funded by the U.S. EPA, Washington, D.C.

Founded in 1978, RCAC provides training, technical and financial resources and advocacy so rural communities can achieve their goals and visions. RCAC serves rural communities in 13 western states and the Pacific islands. Most of our work in Alaska, Hawaii and the western Pacific is focused in Native communities. RCAC also works with majority Latino communities and Tribes across the Southwest. RCAC provides a broad range of community and economic development services and lending to support local efforts. To find out more about RCAC’s Loan Fund products, visit https://www.rcac.org/programs-services/

Contact: David Wallis
Technical Service Program Manager
(559) 341-2501