Water Well Journal Q&A

Industry veteran speaks on her experience in water treatment.

By Mike Price

It’s clear from Tina Peters’ bio she is passionate about her work.

Her credentials speak for themselves. Listed in no order are the following: licensed well driller in Florida and Mississippi, certified environmental inspector, certified environmental manager, certified environmental specialist, certified environmental consultant, and
certified remediation specialist.

Peters is also certified in stormwater and erosion control, groundwater and surface water sample collection, monitoring well installation, excavation and trenching, and OSHA’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard program.

Peters is president of Mallard Inc., a consulting service company in Bonifay, Florida. She has 30 years of experience in the groundwater and environmental industry.

Her years of field experience conducting, managing, and providing oversight for the well installations for assessment activities, environmental studies, and remedial cleanup activities have given her a vast knowledge that is rare. She has been involved in all stages, from investigation and planning, design, implementation of excavation and backfill activities, trenching, remedial system installation, operation and maintenance, to the decommissioning of systems and the restoration of sites.

Active on social media, Peters is concerned about the future of water in the United States. She believes the nation needs educated, experienced voices to speak up today. To that end, Peters is an active member of the National Ground Water Association, Florida Ground Water Association, Environmental Assessment Association, Water Environment Federation, Pink Petro (a social media and learning community created for women professionals in the energy industry), and Women for Agriculture.

Water Well Journal caught up with Peters to discuss a range of topics regarding water treatment.

Water Well Journal: What would you say to those water well system professionals who are considering adding water treatment to their services?
Tina Peters: Conduct research, learn about the onsite kits for testing, proper collection, and labs. Before proper treatment can be designed and implemented, we must first know what we are treating and its level. Otherwise, it not only costs the well owner, it costs in future business. All living things need water. Clean, pure drinking water is vital to human health. Adding treatment service will make any company more marketable.

WWJ: What water treatment tools stand out most in your mind for being most helpful?
Tina: My first go-to is NGWA. I also look at the local well permitting agency to assure that any treatment will adhere to

WWJ: Can you share some of the common water treatment challenges in your region of the country?
Tina: Iron, calcium, and sulfur.

WWJ: What are some of the uncommon water treatment issues you face from time to time?
Tina: Contamination from pesticide due to sprayer fill-up with washout being adjacent to a well, contamination from livestock due to a well being downgradient from the animals and waste, and contamination from a petroleum tank.

WWJ: How do you stay current with the latest water treatment options in the industry?
Tina: The National Ground Water Association and Water Well Journal. The NGWA website (www.NGWA.org) has amazing resources. The state groundwater associations do too. I search the web for recent articles. Regulatory agencies, both state and federal, help too.

WWJ: Some water well professionals are intimidated to add water treatment to their services. How do you view it?
Tina: Personally, I view it as a responsibility as a licensed driller and industry professional to stay educated and current on how best to assist well owners in cost-effective ways to maintain clean water for human consumption and use along with any animals, gardens, etc. It also is an added service to offset when installation is slow and to assure the water well and pump is operating as it should.

WWJ: You are active on Facebook and Twitter in dialoguing with those in your industry. How have you benefited from being active on social media?
Tina: Twitter and LinkedIn are the two most useful media tools for me. Others in the same profession or similar post questions, comments, and share stories along with the various manufacturers of products. Regardless of my schedule, NGWA and WWJ always post articles that allow me to read on a break during busy times.

WWJ: Lastly, what are your thoughts on the economics of investing in water treatment?
Tina: I recommend it. The expense of drilling and the cost of materials is not getting cheaper. Regulations and rules—federal, state, and local—are forever changing. Minerals are natural and the possibility of increased minerals in performing wells stand a chance of increasing the longer a well is utilized. It is a great service to offer, a lasting service, and a service of pride to assure clean water for an owner.

Learn More About Water Treatment in Webinar
Tina Peters, president of Mallard Inc., a consulting company in Bonifay, Florida, will present a webinar on water treatment at 12 p.m. ET on May 16. Peters, the subject of this Q&A, will go over why she thinks adding water treatment is a good idea for water well system professionals. Sign up here.

Mike Price is the senior editor of Water Well Journal. In addition to his WWJ responsibilities, Price produces NGWA’s newsletter and contributes to the Association’s quarterly scientific publication. He can be reached at mprice@ngwa.org.

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