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Vol. 65, No. 5 May 2011 www.ngwa.org
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FEATURED ARTICLES 23 Time Will Tell By Mike Price
More than a year since the largest accidental oil spill in history, the impact on groundwater from the Deepwater Horizon explosion still isn’t known. 26 WATER WELL JOURNAL Q & A Sara Gann, president of Unitra Inc. 28 2011 Pump Buyers Guide The guide provides everything you need to know about the industry’s pump manufacturers and their products. Page 23
DEPARTMENTS In This Issue Industry Newsline The Log Web Notes Coming Events Newsmakers Featured Products Classified Marketplace Index of Advertisers Closing Time
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About the cover Booms used to protect against the oil that spilled off the Gulf Coast last year are visible after washing up in a marsh. See the feature article “Time Will Tell” on page 23. ®
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FEATURED COLUMNISTS 46 Engineering Your Business by Ed Butts, PE, CPI Pump Impellers: Part 2 Detailing the most fundamental—and important— element of centrifugal pumps.
54 Safety Matters by Mary C. DeVany, CSP, CHMM Young But Safe Employers have to provide a safe and supportive environment for young workers.
56 Transfer of Technology — Expanded Series by John L’Espoir Safety Around the Drill Safety, safety, and more safety
66 People at Work by Alexandra Walsh Does Your Company Have an EAP? Check out these reasons your business should have an Employee Assistance Program.
68 The After Market by Ron Slee Leadership Is it easier said than done?
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Tried and True t was obvious as I listened to a New York Times bestselling author detail her latest thriller why she said research was her favorite part of putting together a book. Before reading the opening pages of her latest mystery to a theatre full of fans, the author spoke of cruising around with on-duty police officers, witnessing problems solved with forensic technology in labs, and heading to the “body farm” where search-and-rescue dogs are trained. Admit it, that beats the heck out of your typical Monday. It’s OK, it beats mine too. Incredibly, what struck me was something else she said. She pointed out that as amazing as forensic technology is—and what she spoke of at times seemed more science fiction novel than mystery—nothing is better at finding a missing person than a dog’s nose. Think about that. She spoke of a technology that analyzes burned human bone and then details the person’s sex, age, medical conditions, and more. But finding someone? You can’t top releasing the hounds just like we have for hundreds of years. It just shows you that sometimes the best ways to do something isn’t with the latest gadget or newest gizmo. There are methods, tools, and products that get dubbed “tried and true” because, well, they have been tried for years and they truly work.
The groundwater industry we participate in every day is filled with stories of such methods. Many of you learned drilling techniques from your father who learned from his father. Tales of these tried and true methods spanning generations are part of what gives such character to our industry. I can’t begin to count how many times I have heard about a gadget made in a shop decades ago that has become a mainstay at job sites because it simply “is better than anything else out there.” However, I certainly don’t think that you should never look for new ideas or approaches for your business. If you’re not trying to learn, you’re falling behind because your competitor is certainly looking for new ways to do things. It’s imperative that everyone participate regularly in professional development. But while there are countless workshops and training sessions on new methods, tools, and products, sometimes a refresher course on something you have been doing for years is ideal. The method may be one that has been around longer than you, but hearing it explained in a new voice is always helpful. Sometimes that is exactly what is needed to find a tip that has been sitting there right under your nose.
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he May 2011 issue of Water Well Journal is our annual pumps issue. It contains interesting feature articles and interviews, the 2011 Pump Buyers Guide, and an assortment of informative columns and departments. The 2011 Pump Buyers Guide, which begins on page 28, contains complete contact information for the industry’s pump manufacturers and an easy-to-read grid that details and checks off the types of pumps each manufacturer produces. Simply put, the buyers guide is a must read before you make your next purchase.
The scope of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that flowed for three months last year is addressed in the cover article titled “Time Will Tell” by Associate Editor Mike Price on page 23. The largest accidental oil spill in history stemmed from a seafloor oil gusher that was caused by Mike Price the April 20, 2010 explosion of Deepwater Horizon, which drilled on the BP-operated Macondo Prospect. Price evaluates how groundwater is affected by looking at the hydrology of the coastal marsh and barrier island ecosystems, trash landfills used in the cleanup efforts, and the Gulf beach shoreline. In the accompanying sidebar article Price talks with Paul Hsieh, a research hydrologist who normally works with water for the U.S. Geological Survey, but helped save
the Gulf from more damage with a cell phone photo. Price also interviews Sara Gann, president of Unitra Inc., a family-owned and operated global pump manufacturer in the Water Well Journal Q&A on page 26. Based in Stafford, Texas, Unitra was founded in 1970 by Gann’s father, Nami K. Sukun, in New York City to export light industrial equipment. The company experienced success in selling 4- and 6-inch submersible pumps and motors and produced the first 100% die-cast aluminum engine-driven self-priming pump in the world in 1981. Gann discusses the state of the pump market and offers suggestions to business owners on how to manage through this slumping economy. This month’s installment of Engineering Your Business by Ed Butts, CPI, PE, details what the author calls the most valuable and important component to our business—the pump impeller. Starting on page 46, “Pump Impellers: Part 2” continues a three-article series by detailing the many unique operational characteristics and limitations of this critical part by examining factors involving the suction, or inlet, of an impeller. Butts goes over all of the parts and provides examples on how to calculate the two values of net positive suction head and specific Ed Butts, PE, CPI speed.
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The safety of young people is highlighted in the monthly Safety Matters column “Young But Safe” on page 54. Columnist Mary C. DeVany, CSP, CHMM, states that many companies will soon be hiring or using young help through the summer months and it’s imperative that these companies do everything they can to keep young workers safe. She points out that according to the National Institute for Occupations Safety and Health there have been 6000 deaths of workers between 15 and 24 years of age in the last 10 years. DeVany then goes over a self-assessment tool provided by the Department of Labor that companies should use to ensure they are complying with the young labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The People at Work column by Alexandra Walsh goes over how a good Employee Assistance Program can increase company productivity by cutting down on the time employees take away from work. In “Does Your Company Have an EAP?” on page 66, Walsh explains that the programs, often offered as part of a medical or behavioral health care plan, can be used to address shortterm issues and aid employees dealing with personal, work-related, health, substance abuse, legal, financial, and other issues. She then provides eight reasons why such proAlexandra Walsh grams can impact a business’ bottom line.
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Serious Water Contamination in Japan, U.S. Experts Say Reuters reports groundwater, reservoirs, and seawater near Japan’s earthquake-damaged nuclear plant face “significant contamination” from the high levels of radiation leaking from the plant, increasing the potential for health risks in the region. Based on operators at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant saying highly radioactive water has entered underground concrete tunnels extending beyond the reactor, nuclear and environmental scientists in the United States darkened their assessment of the risks. Both seawater and freshwater used to cool the reactors, critically damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, and spent fuel pools at the plant have been put in storage tanks there. However, reports indicate these tanks are full or overflowing with tainted water. “It’s just hard to see how this won’t result in significant contamination of, certainly, seawater,” says Edwin
Lyman, a physicist and expert on nuclear plant design at the U.S.–based Union of Concerned Scientists. “There will be dilution, some of that will be reconcentrated, but I don’t think this can be sugar-coated at this point.” U.S. experts say they need more information from Japanese authorities before accurately assessing the exact environmental and health impact. They did not say whether the latest development can explain low levels of radiation in Tokyo’s water supply.
Simpson, chairman of the House Interior–EPA Appropriations Subcommittee, anonymously inserted the language—one of several EPA-blocking provisions—into the original text of a larger spending bill the House passed on February 19. The temporary spending measure, which the Senate has yet to take up, aims to fund the federal government through the end of September. “We tried to put it in the bill last year,” Simpson said of the provision. As the top Republican on the Democratcontrolled subcommittee at the time last year, Simpson introduced the same provision in the form of an amendment, which failed in a 9-5 party line vote. The Simpson language, which he said he hopes to include in the appropriations bill for 2012 as well, would prevent EPA from spending any money to “implement, administer, or enforce” regulation or policy pertaining to the definition of what waters are covered
Provision Inserted to Block EPA from Clarifying Clean Water Act Jurisdiction Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) said on March 1 he inserted a provision in the House-passed spending bill that would block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from asserting broader regulatory authority over wetlands than it had during the George W. Bush administration.
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ings that failed to draw a clear line around which wetlands are protected.
Layne Christensen Acquires Wildcat Civil Services
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Transport Topics reported that housing starts saw their largest drop since March 1984 in January, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. Starts fell 22.5% to an annual rate of 479,000 units, the lowest since April 2009. The level was lower than economistsâ€™ projections of a 566,000 annual rate, Bloomberg reported. Building permits, an indicator of future construction, fell 8.2% to a 517,000 annual rate, the lowest level on record. Single-family home starts, which account for about 85% of the total, decreased 12% to a 375,000 rate, the lowest since March 2009. Work on multifamily units, which is often more volatile, plunged 46% to a 104,000 rate. Starts fell in all four regions of the country. Sales of existing homes fell in February after three straight monthly increases, according to the National Association of Realtors. Homes sold at an annual rate of 4.88 million in February, down 9.6% from January and 2.8% lower than February 2010 sales.
USGS Maps Concentrations of Arsenic and Uranium
The U.S. Geological Survey released a study that indicates levels of naturally occurring arsenic and uranium exceed drinking water standards in some private drinking water wells in central and northeastern Massachusetts. NGWA.org
State officials are working with USGS to develop resources that will help private well users determine whether their water meets federal safety standards, and provide guidance on water testing and treatment if it doesn’t. The study can be found at www.usgs .gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=2730. NGWA members can also access a variety of free and useful ”best suggested practices” that deal with problematic concentrations of arsenic, uranium, and other constituents in the member exclusives section of www .ngwa.org.
water within residential, commercial, and institutional applications, announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire Danfoss Socla S.A.S., and the related water controls business of certain other entities controlled by Danfoss A/S, in a share and asset purchase transaction. The purchase agreement also provides Watts with an option to purchase the water controls business of Danfoss in China, which may be exercised prior to the closing date. The acquisition of Socla was expected to close by the end of April.
Socla is a manufacturer of a wide range of water protection valves and flow control solutions for the plumbing market and for the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning market. The company is based in France, and its products are distributed worldwide for municipal, industrial, commercial, and residential use. Socla’s annual revenue for 2010, including the water controls business in China, was approximately $135 million. Under the terms of the purchase agree-
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Study Concludes CCS May Cause Leaching of Metals in Groundwater
In a study published in Environmental Science & Technology, authors Mark Little and Robert Jackson studied samples of sand and rock taken from four freshwater aquifers located around the country that overlie potential carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) sites. The scientists found tiny amounts of CO2 drove up levels of metals including manganese, cobalt, nickel, and iron in the water tenfold or more in some places. Some of these metals moved into the water quickly, within a week or two. They also observed potentially dangerous uranium and barium steadily moving into the water over the entire year-long experiment. Sally Benson, director of the Global Climate and Energy Project at Stanford University, says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s rule should protect groundwater because it will make it difficult to inject CO2 too close to a possible drinking water source. She also said the new study doesn’t present any surprises and is not likely to put an obstacle in the way of those CCS projects in the planning stages. “Really, it gets down to making sure projects are designed carefully and that the project has monitoring so that one has early warning of any CO2 movements,” Benson adds.
Watts Water Technologies Acquires Danfoss Socla
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In Memoriam 1942 - 2011
Thomas J. Swan Jr., Chairman of the Swan Group and CEO of Flexcon Industries, passed away on March 5, 2011 in Palm Beach, Florida after a long battle with several health problems. He died peacefully with family by his side and leaves his wife Carroll, son Tom III, his brother Joseph E. Swan and family.
Tom began his business career with Emerson Swan in 1967 and thanks to his vision, leadership and energy, and along with his brother Joe, created the Swan Group, a portfolio of industry leading companies (Emerson-Swan, Flexcon, Skidmore, Global Water Solutions and Smith’s Environmental Products). While remaining active in all of the companies, Tom took particular pride in the development of Flexcon Industries. Tom’s vision drove Flexcon to introduce a brand new product design in an established market, going from a startup in 1988 to a market leader in North America. In 2003, Tom expanded the reach of Flexcon by establishing Global Water Solutions (GWS) which distributes Flexcon pressure tanks around the world. His focus on product innovation, quality and customer relationships has taken the company to a leadership position in the worldwide pressure tank market. Tom had a keen interest in every facet of the pressure tank business from manufacturing to sales and marketing. He had a unique way with people and was genuinely interested in their opinions on anything having to do with the products, installations and industry. Tom was proud that many of the features and innovations developed by Flexcon over the years were a result of listening to customers at one of the hundreds of factory tours or trade shows that he attended. Tom believed in the water systems business and as such was a strong participant in and supporter of the Water Systems Council (WSC) and the NGWA. Tom saw opportunities where others did not and was never afraid to take a risk. He had a keen sense for business, a genuine regard for people, but most importantly, integrity. These attributes are the legacy that Tom ingrained in the fabric of Flexcon Industries as well as all of the Swan Group companies.
His family, friends and associates will miss his leadership, vision, intellect, humor, caring, energy, and friendship.
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ment, Watts will pay about $165 million in cash to purchase 100% of the share capital of Socla on a debt and cash free basis, plus the related water controls business assets. The purchase price is subject to a net debt and net working capital adjustment. The purchase price will be increased by approximately $4 million if Watts elects to purchase the water controls business in China. The foregoing revenue and purchase price amounts are based on the current exchange rate of the euro to the U.S. dollar. Watts intends to fund the transaction with cash on hand and borrowings under its credit facility.
Pentair Acquires Noritâ€™s Clean Process Technologies
Pentair Inc. announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Clean Process Technologies (CPT) division, a global provider in innovative membrane technology and ultrafiltration, from privately held Norit Holding B.V. for about $705 million, plus net debt at closing. CPT is a global provider in membrane solutions and clean process technologies in the high growth water and beverage filtration and separation segments. Supported by more than a century of innovation and expertise and backed by its own proprietary technology, CPT provides sustainable purification systems and solutions for desalination, water reuse, industrial applications, and beverage segments that effectively address the increasing challenges of clean water scarcity, rising energy costs and pollution. CPTâ€™s product offerings include ultra-
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Hydrogeology 3-Day Field Course: Aquifer Analysis May 19-21, 2011 t Kalamazoo, Michigan You will learn how to set up, conduct, direct, and analyze aquifer and slug tests. t Instructors Willis Weight, Duane Hampton, and Dan Greene have guided hands-on training in these techniques using the right equipment for decades. t You will set up, conduct, and analyze a multiwell pump test. t You will conduct and analyze slug tests using regular and super-sized physical slugs. t You will learn to use AQTESOLV 4.5 to analyze the results of these tests. t Early registration fees are available through April 15. For more information contact: Kathy Wright, Department of Geosciences, Western Michigan University, 269 387.5486, or vist www.geology.wmich.edu/fhydro/sc_index.htm. NGWA.org
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2011 NGWA Washington Fly-in Is a Huge Success
sion (Campbell, Monitor, Monoflex, Brady, Martinson); and Myers/Pentair Water.
New Heights Scaled in 2011 Awareness Week Outreach Efforts
More than 120 NGWA members—scientists, contractors, manufacturers, and suppliers—representing 34 states descended on Washington, D.C., February 28–March 1 for the 14th Annual Ground Water Industry Legislative Conference. The individuals told the industry’s story to Congress at the event also known as the NGWA Washington Fly-in, and more importantly, they shared groundwater’s story. Each Fly-in participant listened, gathered their understanding, and composed in their own words the messages they appreciated must be delivered for the good of groundwater protection, provision, management, and remediation. The collective voices talked of the countrywide return on investment from a national groundwater monitoring network. They explained how ground-source and groundwater-source heat pump systems (also known as geothermal or geoexchange) benefit our nation’s energy needs, as well as provide an important source of diversification and business for our industry when the job is done right. They talked about the value of bringing the public’s attention to the importance of groundwater stewardship through efforts such as National Ground Water Awareness Week. Participants relayed their own stories from back home on how they provide jobs, how those jobs put dollars into their local economies, and how those dollars lead to taxes that support essential services leading to our quality of life. The key message repeated time and again was how the resource our industry provides is the drinking water source for 45% of our population. It was also stressed that this water sustains much of the agricultural irrigation that leads to food resources that feed America and many parts of the world. Pictured in the photo is Senator Herbert Kohl (D-Wisconsin) receiving the 2011 NGWA Ground Water Protector Award. From left to right are Bruce Walker, Wisconsin Well & Water Systems, Grand Marsh, Wisconsin; Don Wesdell, Baker Water Systems Division, Evansville, Wisconsin; David Haupt, MGWC, Haupt Well & Pump Co. Inc., Auburndale, Wisconsin; Senator Kohl; Jeff Beiriger, Cook & Franke SC, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Jason Hintzke, Hintzke Well Drilling Inc., New London, Wisconsin; and Dennis Crow, Water Compliance Specialist Inc., Lodi, Wisconsin. NGWA also thanks its 2011 NGWA Washington Fly-in sponsors—Sta-Rite/Pentair Water; Baker Water Systems Divi18/ May 2011 Water Well Journal
More than 300 Web sites promoted National Ground Water Awareness Week worldwide in the event’s broadest exposure of its 12-year history. The 2011 edition, March 6-12, was noteworthy in a number of ways, said Cliff Treyens, NGWA’s public awareness director. “More than ever before, Ground Water Awareness Week perpetuated itself among organizations and individuals this year. It’s firmly established as a premier national event for promoting groundwater and water well stewardship to the public,” he says. Ground Water Awareness Week has been on a steady increase as measured by hits on Web sites and social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and blogs. In 2009, more than 200 Web sites promoted the awareness week. Last year, it topped 250. In addition to cresting 300 Web sites this year, Treyens said there appeared to be more social media pickup than ever. During the 2011 NGWA Washington Fly-in, information was shared on National Ground Water Awareness Week and NGWA’s collective effort to encourage annual private well testing. Several congressional members, including Representatives Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois), Tom Latham (R-Iowa), Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio), as well as Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), joined in NGWA’s efforts to raise visibility. Other 2011 highlights included: ●
Prominent Web page content on Web sites for federal agencies including the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Promotion of groundwater stewardship messages by agencies in Arizona, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Ohio, Texas, and Wisconsin Local promotion by government entities at the village, township, city, and county levels National promotional sponsors including the American Farm Bureau Federation, Automotive Oil Change Association, Groundwater Foundation, Ground Water Protection Council, Irrigation Association, National Association of Conservation Districts, National Association of Local Boards of Health, National Environmental Services Center, National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association, American Geological Institute, International Bottled Water Association, National Rural Health Association, and American Public Health Association.
The next edition of National Ground Water Awareness Week will be March 11-17, 2012. Also, NGWA’s second annual Protect Your Groundwater Day will be held on September 13, 2011. NGWA.org
The Round Yellow Road Sign
he round yellow road sign is unique because it is designed to warn motorists of a deadly hazard. In a previous issue, we discussed knowing the type of information each highway sign is giving you by its shape and color before you get close enough to read it. This knowledge can be a life saver in heavy traffic or bad weather. It permits you to ignore nonessential road signs and prioritize reading road signs that have information you need to drive safely in moving traffic at that point in time on that section of highway. The round yellow sign is distinctive by its shape and color to warn approaching drivers to start slowing down for a railroad crossing ahead. At night or in bad weather when driver visibility is restricted, the round yellow sign can be a life saver for drivers and their passengers. The occupants of a vehicle struck by a train are 30 times more likely to be killed than if they were involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle. About 3500 vehicle occupants are killed or injured at railroad crossings each year. Water well drillers have to drive daily on secondary and rural roads where there are unguarded railroad crossings or secondary rail lines that could mean the crossings are not well maintained. Also, many drilling company trucks have DOT placards on them and must come to a full stop before starting across the railroad tracks. As soon as you see a round yellow railroad crossing sign ahead, start to slow down! If at night, look far down the road. Do the headlights on the approaching vehicles not seem to be moving? Possibly they are waiting for a train to pass or a train is stopped, blocking the highway. If red flashing lights are installed, they may not be working. Vehicle headlights will be fully visible under a 4-foot-high We understand how hard you’ve worked to build your ground water contracting business, and we want to help you protect it. That’s why we’ve developed a customized insurance program that meets the most important needs of your business. We offer specialized coverages,
railroad car. Train cars do not have side clearance lights or reflectors to help you see them. The typical boxcar is a drab brown or dirty red color that makes it almost invisible in rain, fog, and at night. Are the approaching vehicle lights flickering? That could be the wheels of moving railroad cars crossing the highway ahead, passing in front of the vehicle headlights. There is definitely a need to come to a full stop—start braking now! Is there a bus, large passenger van, or placarded truck ahead of you? If so, that vehicle will have to come to a full stop, so you will too. Open your window as you approach the crossing so you can hear the horn, whistle, or warning bell of an approaching train. Once at the railroad crossing, turn your head to look far down the track in both directions to check for approaching trains. If there is a number under the railroad crossbar sign, it is warning you of multiple tracks. Many drivers are killed by a second train on another track going in the same direction or the opposite direction as the train they waited on. When you are sure it is safe to cross, put your vehicle in gear and leave it in that gear until your rear wheels are well clear of the tracks. A heavy drill rig or tractor trailer can take 20 seconds or more to clear one set of tracks. A train approaching at 60 mph will cover one-third of a mile in the same time. If a train is approaching—do not gamble! Do not try to “beat” the train by crossing in front of it. If you lose, you are dead. Watch for the round yellow sign. Slow down! Then stop, look, and listen at all unguarded railroad crossings. The NGWA Safety Program Manual has more information on this and
The NGWA Safety Program Manual has more information on this and other important other topics. important yourself, employees, safety Help safety protect topics. yourself,Help your protect employees, and youryour business today by and your business todayBookstore by contacting NGWA Bookstore at 614 898.7791 contacting the NGWA at 800 the 551.7379 to order your copy. In addition, members of other members free safety can tips by logging in to the Members to order can youraccess copy.dozens In addition, access dozens of other free Only section of the NGWA Web site, www.ngwa.org, and clicking on Safety Fact safety tips by logging in to the member exclusives section of the NGWA Sheets. Cut this out and post at your office so your company can promote Web site, and clicking on “safety fact sheets.” safety everywww.ngwa.org, day.
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Retired Air Force Pilot Selected 2011 NGWA Ground Water Expo Keynote Speaker
Brian Shul, retired Air Force pilot, author, and photographer, has been selected as the keynote speaker at the 2011 NGWA Ground Water Expo. Shul has captivated audiences nationwide with his motivating story of perseverance and triumph over tragedy. His phenomenal comeback story—from lying near dead in the jungle of Southeast Asia to later flying the world’s fastest, highest flying jet—has been the subject of numerous magazine articles and an inspiration to many. To learn more about Shul, visit www.sleddriver.com/biography.html. Learn more about the Expo by visiting www.ngwa.org/expo/index.aspx.
NGWA Organizes Wide Variety of Field Offerings for Spring and Summer The NGWA Professional Development department has several different options for you to grow in your career this spring and summer. It has a cooperative program with Western Michigan University titled “NGWA and Western Michigan University’s Department of Geosciences’ Hydrogeology Field Short Course: Aquifer Analysis” that will take place May 19-21. Upcoming offerings this summer include a program for new hires and new professionals who want to enhance their resumes and a field school for earth science teachers. To learn more about these offerings, visit www.ngwa.org/development/ calendar.aspx.
Drilling Safety Video Provides Valuable Information in Entertaining Fashion A 30-minute DVD, Drill Safe, Drill Smart, is available online in the NGWA Bookstore. Produced in collaboration with the video production company, Training Without Boredom, the video premiered —and sold out!—at the 2010 NGWA
Ground Water Expo in Las Vegas. Drill Safe, Drill Smart was produced in an informative but fun fashion that keeps those watching alert to the important details. Suitable to the drilling of both domestic water supply and environmental wells because many of the same hazards apply, the video is not just for new drill crew employees, but also seasoned workers who may need a refresher on safe practices. A video clip can be viewed online at www.youtube.com/user/ngwatube. Drill Safe, Drill Smart covers the most common causes of accidents at the drill site: ● ● ● ● ●
Slips, trips, and falls Materials handling Chemicals Machine guarding Electrocution. The DVD also highlights:
The ins and outs of safety assessment ● Safe site selection ● Personal protective equipment ● Mobilizing for the site ● Rig setup, including locking and leveling. To learn more, visit the NGWA Bookstore at www.ngwa.org, or call (800) 551-7379 or (614) 898-7791. ●
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