The Private Well Conference

2nd National Private Well Conference to be held in Harrisburg, PA

Many public health and groundwater experts who work with private well owners do so on a local or regional scale, providing assistance and education directly to consumers.

The 2019 Private Well Conference, scheduled for May 21-23, 2019 in Harrisburg, PA, aims to bring together experts and practitioners to share their successes and experience for the benefit of the private well community at large. Through our unique position as managers of a national private well program, we have developed relationships around the country with experts and stakeholders. This conference will leverage those experts to provide new information and insights to help you in your efforts to educate and provide support to private well owners.

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Reserve your hotel room in the conference block.

Building on the success of the 2017 Private Well Conference, the 2019 conference will share information on new and emerging issues, as well as advances in well owner outreach in education, to help us all improve our private well programs. We all have a lot to learn from each other. The agenda will feature:

  • Expert Talks + Panels - Hear from experienced public health and groundwater professionals.
  • Common Well Issues - Learn how to identify well problems and answer the most frequent questions.
  • Outreach + Partnerships - Discover how the private well community is coming together nationally.
  • Contamination Sources - Find out about advances in septic system management and emergency response.
  • Private System Treatment - Explore the pros and cons of various options from experts.

Confirmed Speakers and Topics

Downhole Cameras as an Innovative Tool in Solving Well Owner Problems
Wilson Mize – North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

What to Know about Water Treatment Equipment Certification
Eric Yeggy – The Water Quality Association

PFA’s and Private Well Water
Virginia Yingling – Minnesota Department of Health

The Water Well Trust: Providing Well Water to Those in Need
Margaret Martens – The Water Systems Council

Working with Treatment Professionals
Tanya Lubner – The Water Quality Association

The Septic Smart Program

The USDA Private Well Loan Program
Derek Jones – USDA

Implementing the USDA Private Well Loan Program: Experiences in the Western US
Cyndy Elliot – The Rural Community Assistance Corporation

Shock Chlorination Issues and Myths
Kelsey Pieper – Virginia Tech University

UV Treatment for Private Wells
Anthony Oosterveld – VIQUA

Tools and Resources Available Through the RCAP Private Well Program
Steve Wilson – Illinois State Water Survey

What to Understand About Aerobic Septic Systems
Candace Balmer – RCAP Solutions

New Jersey’s Private Well Testing Regulation
Nick Procopio – New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

BACOG: Grassroots Private Well and Source Water Protection
Janet Agnoletti – Executive Director of the Barrington Area Council of Governments

Supporting Water Testing Laboratories: A Lab Toolkit for Working with Well Owners
Frieda M. von Qualen – Minnesota Department of Health 

Contact Information

Questions may be addressed to Steve Wilson.


May 21-23, 2019
Crowne Plaza Harrisburg-Hershey
23 South Second Street
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17101

Conference Flyer
Hotel Block