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Nonpublic Household Water Well Project Recommendations

The following recommendations are organized according to the potential impact each recommendation could have on protecting public health, from greatest impact to least impact, as reported by survey respondents. The first recommendation was not ranked as the first priority; however, it is likely the first step that needs to happen chronologically.

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Recommendations Key organizations/Lead entities
1. Create a "Nonpublic Household Water Well" designation KDA, KDHE, KWO, Legislature
2. Provide notice when specific groundwater contamination is found and when there is an event potentially impacting groundwater quality KDHE, Legislature, LEHP
3. Establish triggering events to inspect wells and test water quality KDHE, LEHP
4. Develop standardized water sampling and analysis protocol and form KDHE, Labs, LEHP
5. Create a statewide group focused on advancing nonpublic water well quality KDHE, Legislature
6. Revise the Kansas Dry Cleaner Environmental Response Act KDHE, Legislature
7. Limit the use of some nonpublic household water wells KDHE, KWO, Legislature, LEHP
8. Create funding mechanisms to offset costs of inspection, water quality testing, corrective action, and/or plugging of nonpublic water wells for those unable to pay KDA, KDHE, KWO, Legislature
9. Establish a three-part process: permitting, inspection, and water quality testing KDHE, KEHA, Labs, LEHP
10. Standardize environmental health professionals' training KDHE, KEHA, LEHP
11. Track and provide information about abandoned wells in property transactions KDHE, LEHP
12. Create standards to determine when connecting to a public water supply must be required KAC, KDHE, KWO, Legislature, LEHP
13. Establish frequency of inspection and water quality testing after initial triggering event KDHE, LEHP
14. Establish licensing requirement for the installation of water well pumps KDHE, LEHP, Water Well Contractor/Driller
15. Update key nonpublic water well resources KDHE, KGS, KWO, LEHP
16. Develop remediation training and certification standards KDHE, KEHA
17. Update county sanitary codes KAC, KDHE, LEHP
18. Assess interest in water well maintenance subscription service KDA, KDHE, KEHA, KWO, LEHP, Water Well Contractor/Driller
Last modified: Feb 06, 2019
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