Hard Hat Microbiology: Our Interactions with Microbes in Groundwater and Wells Webinar Series, Part 3 of 3 — Prevention in Construction and Design, and Remediation (#815)

Presented on Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Discover measures to take to prevent or slow biofouling or microbial contamination in wells and associated water systems during this one-hour presentation.

Microbial activity is a fact of life in groundwater systems, but proper planning and quality in design and construction minimizes adverse effects of natural biological activity and reduces the risk of contamination.

Failing that, or over time, wells that have been adversely affected by biofouling or microbial contamination can be rehabilitated instead of replaced in many cases, but this requires knowledge and skill.

By participating in this module, you will better understand:

  • Construction planning and design
  • Well sealing and sanitary handling of pumps and other well equipment
  • Chlorination and other treatment methods
  • Follow-up maintenance practices that serve to delay the need of rehabilitation or repeating rehabilitation treatments.

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.​

NGWA may only post those brown bag sessions, Webinars, event sessions, and like for which we have obtained copyright permission from the presenter. Furthermore, by accessing or downloading any of these items, you agree they are for your own personal use and may not be disseminated by any means to others via any medium. Click here to read NGWA's proprietary legend and disclaimers before proceeding.