Private Water Network Flash Webinar Series: Groundwater, Wells, and COVID-19

Event Date: 
Monday, September 28, 2020
Event Type: 
NEHA Event

Private Water Network logoWebinar Time: 12:30 p.m. EDT
Ask an Expert Session: 12:30–4:30 p.m. EDT

NEHA is pleased to announce the next webinar in the Private Water Network Flash Webinar Series on Groundwater, Wells, and COVID-19. The webinar will take place on September 28 at 12:00 p.m. EDT. This webinar is being hosted in celebration of World Environmental Health Day (WEHD). The 2020 WEHD theme is “Environmental Health, A Key Public Health Intervention in Disease Pandemic Prevention.”

Dr. William M. Alley is director of science and technology for the National Ground Water Association. Previously, he served as the Office of Groundwater chief for the U.S. Geological Survey for almost two decades. Dr. Alley has published over 100 scientific publications, and several general interest books with his wife, Rosemarie, including High and Dry: The World’s Growing Dependence on Groundwater and The War on the EPA. Among other awards, Dr. Alley received the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award. He holds a BS in geological engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, an MS in hydrogeology from Stanford University, and a PhD from the Johns Hopkins University.

In the webinar, Dr. Bill Alley will discuss groundwater, wells, and COVID-19 on the latest installment of the PWN Flash Webinar Series. Dr. Alley will cover how the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has not been detected in drinking water. Despite the low risks, the question has arisen about the vulnerability to COVID-19 of homeowners with private wells. Dr. Alley will also talk about 1) viruses in groundwater in general and specific characteristics of the novel coronavirus as it relates to groundwater, 2) septic systems as a potential source of contamination, and 3) home treatment system effectiveness for viruses.

There will be an Ask the Expert session that allows Q&A on the Private Water Network discussion forum. The session will run from 12:30–4:30 pm EDT.