wellcare® Program: overview & goals
Approximately 95% of all rural Americans get their drinking water from a groundwater source, and 43 million depend on wells for their drinking water supply. Through wellcare®, the Water Systems Council helps well owners maintain their wells and protect their water quality and helps individuals and small communities to assess wells when making decisions about their drinking water systems. When appropriate, wellcare® also provides training and technical assistance to project engineers, mayors, elected officials, and other leaders in small, rural communities who want to incorporate well-based systems into community drinking water system supply decisions.
We are the only national organization with programs solely focused on individual water wells and small water well systems. The wellcare® program complements other drinking water programs, provides consumers served by wells with education and information services like those provided to customers of community water systems, stresses the importance of proper construction and regular testing and maintenance to ensure safe drinking water for well users, and provides decision-makers with information on wells.
The goals of the Water Systems Council's wellcare® Program are:
- To promote the wider use of wells - especially individual wells - nationwide.
- To increase awareness among the general public and decision-makers that wells are viable, modern, cost-effective and safe drinking water systems.
- To develop programs and services to provide individual well-owners access to maintenance, testing and monitoring services like those provided to customers of other drinking water systems to assure a safe drinking water supply for them, their families and businesses.
- To develop affordable, common-sense drinking water infrastructure projects that retain existing wells or include new wells in project designs eligible for federal funding programs.
- To encourage community leaders, state and federal agencies and others to consider wells as affordable, viable alternatives for larger, centralized drinking water systems.
- To create new financing programs - from both public and private sources - for wells.