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Private Wells — Safe Location

by James P Murphy Stacie Minson Joseph P. Harner III Herschel George Melissa Harvey

MF3667

This publication offers guidelines for recommended separation distance and direction from potential contamination sources when locating a well, which can help protect the quality of private well water. 8 pages, b/w.

Published Date: May 2024

Private Water Well Owner/Operator Records

MF2409A

Document to record information about a water well: well driller, location, maintenance records.

Published Date: Jul 2010

Measuring the Depth to Water in Wells

by Danny H. Rogers G. Morgan Powell

MF2669

There are three methods commonly used to measure depth to water in a well. They are: tape measure or weight on a cord, electric sounder and airline tube.

Published Date: Jul 2005

Plugging Abandoned Wells

by G. Morgan Powell Danny H. Rogers

MF935

Abandoned wells & test holes are located in fields, farmsteads, etc. without being properly plugged. They are sources for contamination of groundwater & are a physical hazard to animals & children.

Revision Date: Jan 1998

Managing the Farmstead to Minimize Groundwater and Well Contamination

by John S. Hickman David L. Regehr Ray E. Lamond

MF948

This publication addresses how to manage agricultural activities around the farmstead to minimize potential contamination of wells and groundwater.

Revision Date: Sep 1990

Understanding the Perceptions of Producers Regarding the Ogallala Aquifer Use: A Survey Report

by Jonathan Aguilar Amariah Fischer Matthew Sanderson

SRL144

This survey asked producers in the Ogallala aquifer how they view their role in groundwater use, what they see as consequences of groundwater depletion, and why they believe groundwater should be conserved. Producers were also asked about their worldviews and values. Together, these questions help provide an understanding of the cultural state of the Ogallala aquifer, especially as it pertains to groundwater use. 12 pages, color.

Revision Date: Dec 2022

Shock Chlorination Treatment for Irrigation Wells

by Mahbub Alam Freddie R. Lamm Danny H. Rogers

MF2589

Shock chlorination (with high concentration of chlorine) of irrigation wells can prevent buildup of bacterial slimes that cause losses of well capacity, clogging problems for irrigation systems.

Published Date: Jul 2003

Healthy Cattle Need Healthy Water

by Jeff Davidson A. J. Tarpoff

MF3249

This fact sheet highlights common microorganisms and contaminants found in and around livestock watering areas. It offers tips for managing and testing water sources to promote cattle health and performance. 4-page, color.

Published Date: Sep 2018

Citizen Science Water Quality Testing Series W-7: Triazines (Atrazine)

by G. Morgan Powell Rebecca Moscou Rhonda Janke

PK13W7

Triazines, including atrazine and simazine, are herbicides used on crops like corn and sorghum. Atrazine has been implicated as an estrogen mimic in the environment.

Revision Date: Jun 2006

Citizen Science Water Quality Testing Series W-2: Color, Odor, Temperature and pH

by G. Morgan Powell Rebecca Moscou Rhonda Janke

PK13W2

The four water tests described in this fact sheet are starting points. Color and odor are descriptive. Temperature and pH can have negative effects on water quality.

Revision Date: Jun 2006

Citizen Science Water Quality Testing Series W-3: Turbidity/Transparency

by G. Morgan Powell Rebecca Moscou Rhonda Janke

PK13W3

This test measures cloudiness or light-scattering effect of suspended materials in water. Clay, silt,algae and microorganisms will affect the turbidity reading.

Revision Date: Jun 2006

Citizen Science Water Quality Testing Series W-4: Nitrogen

by G. Morgan Powell Rebecca Moscou Rhonda Janke

PK13W4

Inorganic nitrogen tests can locate areas of a farm that contribute significant amounts of inorganic nitrogen in runoff or base flow.

Revision Date: Jun 2006

Citizen Science Water Quality Testing Series W-1: Overview of Water Testing

by Rhonda Janke Rebecca Moscou G. Morgan Powell

PK13W1

Basic water quality tests and measures: what to test and why; how to collect samples; pros and cons of test kits vs. lab analyses; and where to order supplies.

Revision Date: Jun 2006

Water Primer, Part 9: The Kansas Water Budget and Water Footprint

by Jonathan Aguilar Isaya Kisekka Kerri Ebert Danny H. Rogers Philip L. Barnes

MF3210

This publication explains the Kansas portion of the hydrologic cycle and interaction of water supply sources and water-use demands, also called a water budget or water balance. 8-page, color.

Published Date: Aug 2015

Testing Private Water Systems

by James P Murphy Stacie Minson Joseph P. Harner III Herschel George Melissa Harvey et al.

MF3655

This publication helps private water users understand important factors and make critical decisions about the frequency and kind of water tests necessary to provide safe water. 4 pages, b/w.

Published Date: Apr 2024

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