Hard Hat Microbiology: Our Interactions with Microbes in Groundwater and Wells Webinar Series, Part 2 of 3 — Groundwater and Well Microbiology (#814)

Presented on Wednesday, June 20, 2018

You will learn about testing and protocols to detect and describe what is going on in diagnosing microbial issues during this one-hour webinar.

Topics to discussed include:

  • How to identify a source of health-related contamination
  • How to distinguish a cause of water quality change, i.e., is it the nearby gas well or is it inadequate water well construction?
  • How to identify and quantify microbes present
  • Biochemical methods as the wave of the future
  • Standards for practice and quality

Deciding what is most cost-effective and how to implement it…not everything can or should be done by well contractors.

Stuart Smith, CGWP, RG
Ground Water Tanzania Ltd.
Stuart A. Smith, CGWP, RG, hydrogeologist and microbiologist, is a partner in Smith-Comeskey Ground Water Science LLC and Ground+Water Tanzania Ltd. He has more than 35 years’ experience in the application of research, analysis, training, and consulting related to groundwater and wells, with a focus on efficient and cost-effective analysis and rehabilitation of well problems, and well and wellfield asset management. He is a pioneer in applying practical biofouling analytical methods in groundwater system analysis, rehabilitation, and asset management.

Smith is the author or coauthor of numerous publications, including Sustainable Wells: Maintenance, Problem Prevention, and Rehabilitation (CRC Press), the American Water Works Association’s manual M21 Groundwater; CRC Press’ Drilling: The Manual of Methods, Applications, and Management and its predecessors, and NGWA’s Manual of Water Well Construction Practices. He’s also contributed elsewhere to the literature of well maintenance and rehabilitation practice, starting with Water Well Journal® articles in 1980, and continuing through ASCE’s International Well Hydraulics Manual. He has instructed on, and set up, well and wellfield maintenance programs across the United States and in Argentina, Jordan, and Australia.

Past-chair of Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater joint task group for Section 9240 Iron and Sulfur Bacteria, Smith is also a long-time volunteer and instructor with NGWA, and was active in the development of the NGWA-01-14 Water Well Construction Standard. He holds B.A. and M.S. degrees from Wittenberg University and Ohio State University, respectively.​

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