The PWON program is for Louisiana residents who depend on private wells for their drinking water needs and for licensed well professionals who service private wells. Well owners and professionals who want to become familiar with Louisiana’s aquifer systems, groundwater quality, water treatment, and well maintenance issues should join the network to receive quarterly email updates and other valuable information.
The PWON is funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and is a portion of the Louisiana Private Well Initiative (PWI). The Private Well Initiative (PWI) addresses many different aspects of the public health impacts from drinking water from private wells and other sources not protected by the US EPA Safe Drinking Water Act by doing the following:
- Identifying databases that characterize private wells and describe water quantity and quality in private wells and other unregulated drinking water sources (UDWS).
- Promoting access to these databases by public and environmental health practitioners.
- Collecting databases that characterize private wells and describe water quantity and quality in private wells and other UDWS.
- Partnering with the Environmental Public Health Tracking Portal to make these databases available to public and environmental health practitioners.
- Identifying, evaluating, and recommending interventions to protect people from drinking contaminated water from these UDWS.
The Department of Health (LDH) is only required to test and check public water systems. Well owners are responsible for checking and testing their water supply.