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In 2008, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) Ground Water Section began collecting untreated water samples from ground water wells statewide as part of a Ground Water Monitoring Network (GWMN). A large percentage of Hoosiers drink residential well water that is not regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act, and this was the impetus for starting the GWMN in Indiana. The GWMN has grown in each year, and during the 2013 sampling season, 331 samples were collected from across the state. In all, ground water samples have been collected from 247 public water supply wells and around 700 private residential wells.
Section 305(b) of the Clean Water Act requires IDEM to assess ground water quality, and the GWMN is included in the Indiana Integrated Water Monitoring and Assessment Report. Ground water monitoring is also included in the Indiana Water Quality Monitoring Strategy (fact sheet available on the IDEM Fact Sheets page). The data collected by the GWMN will assist government regulators with source water and watershed protection, and provide ground water quality information to local communities, citizens, research organizations, and industry.
With the GWMN, IDEM seeks to:
IDEM is looking for private residential well owners in all 92 counties in Indiana to take part in the GWMN. Testing will be conducted free of charge, and copies of the analytical results will be provided to the resident at the end of the study. If you are interested in participating in this study, please visit the Statewide Ground Water Monitoring Network Survey page for additional information, eligibility requirements, and a link to the application.
Sampling occurs annually, usually during the summer, spring or fall. IDEM samples for over 400 parameters. All wells are sampled for the National Drinking Water Contaminants, which include the following categories: volatile organic compounds, synthetic organic compounds, and inorganic compounds.
In addition, IDEM also samples for pesticide breakdown products, which are not regulated.
Results, show constituents, such as nitrates [JPG] [PDF] and arsenic [JPG] [PDF], present across the state in areas of varying hydrogeological sensitivity. Continued annual sampling will give IDEM an opportunity to explore trend analysis, seasonal variations, and the relationship between sensitivity and hydrogeological setting. For more detailed review, our annual report summaries will posted soon.
If you need more site specific data, please IDEM at (317) 232-8488, or via email at "info at idem.in.gov".