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IDEM conducting water quality study across state

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The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is conducting its 2014 Groundwater Assessment Survey, and is looking for more Hoosiers who want to have their wells tested, free of charge.

Earlier this year, IDEM sent groundwater survey forms to thousands of Hoosiers who rely on wells as their source of water at home. Using the data collected from those who invite IDEM to test their wells, the agency will be able to “build a story” about ground water quality in the state.

The goal of this project is to be able to evaluate ground water quality in different regions based on factors such as geology, depth to water, depth of the well, and land use. By scientifically evaluating baseline ground water quality conditions in the state, IDEM will be better able to protect the ground water resource, determine how ground water may affect the quality of surface water, and evaluate changes in ground water over time.

Right now, the state is still a few hundred respondents away from having the geographic coverage it desires. The more residents who participate, the more information will be available on water quality in Indiana. By having their well sampled, the residents will learn exactly what is in their water. If a concern is found, IDEM will provide the resident with information on how they can reduce their exposure to potential harmful chemicals.

For information about the Ground Water Monitoring Network, and how residents can register, visit

Posted 5/28/2014