The Water Systems Council celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2022


WASHINGTON, February 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Water Systems Council, the only national nonprofit organization focused exclusively on domestic wells and small water well systems, is celebrating 90 years of helping grow the water systems industry. private water in 2022.

The early years

Founded in 1932 as the National Association of Domestic and Agricultural Pump Manufacturers (NADFPM), the organization’s early years focused on a cooperative partnership between water system manufacturers and power companies to bring electricity to rural areas. This partnership, known as the Electric Water Systems Council, worked to promote and educate farmers, dealers and others about the benefits of electrification and installing piped water in the farms. Through this effort, annual sales of electric pumps and water systems grew from 50,000 in 1932 to 600,000 in 1950.

Once electrification was essentially achieved in the 1950s, the NADFPM gradually moved towards promoting comprehensive water systems as part of a total well and water supply. The introduction of the submersible pump in the 1950s helped drive pump sales throughout that decade and beyond.

In 1961, the NADFPM was reorganized and renamed the Water Systems Council (WSC). Supplier companies were invited to join WSC to broaden its support base. WSC focused on developing a test and rating standard for pumps as well as a more robust and accurate statistical reporting program. Previously, the industry relied on annual Census Bureau reports and an informal survey of manufacturers for its pump shipment statistics. Beginning in 1970, WSC published pump data based on actual shipments.

Today, WSC provides its members with monthly, quarterly, and semi-annual statistical reports on unit shipments of water systems, pumps, and tanks by state, as well as five-year growth trends for jet pumps and submersible.

The modern era

Beginning in the 1970s, WSC began to place greater emphasis on providing the tools needed to promote, protect, defend and educate industry and the public about water and private water systems through the marketing, education, public information, engineering, legal defense and government relations programs. These efforts continue today through:

Public education

  • Established in 2003, WSC’s Wellcare® provides private well owners with free information on well maintenance, well water treatment and testing, potential groundwater contaminants, drought issues, and more.
  • The well-being® Hotline has answered over 130,000 questions from well owners across the United States, Canadaand other countries.
  • The well-being® The program provides 100 different fact sheets on its website to help Americans maintain their wells.
  • Children’s Water Festivals provided hands-on educational activities to more than 14,000 elementary school students about preserving and protecting the country’s water supply.
  • Free membership in WSC’s Well Owners Network provides more than 11,000 Americans with well maintenance and water testing information, discounts on water testing kits and other benefits.
  • WSC’s Well Care Program is funded by the EPA’s Private Well Owner Training and Technical Assistance Grant Program.


  • WSC has provided training workshops to over 100 communities in 34 states on issues related to wells and groundwater.
  • WSC has organized water law conferences for lawyers, academics, state and local elected officials, regulators, environmentalists and other water resource planners.
  • WSC provides technical training to water well contractors and suppliers on topics related to drilling and installing water wells.

Research and development of standards

  • WSC maintains an online searchable database of state well codes relating to well construction and licensing.
  • WSC provides industry leaders and regulators with domestic water well data, household well data, and other important research on regulatory issues impacting water wells.
  • WSC provided the Centers for Disease Control with data from its wellcare® hotline on consumer water well problems.
  • WSC develops performance standards for wells and parts of wells, including:
    • ASSE Standard #1093-2019/WSC PAS-97 (2019) – Performance Requirements for Pitless Adapters, Pitless Units and Well Plugs.
    • ASSE Standard #1099-2021/WSC-PST 2000/2021 – Performance Requirements for Pressurized Water Storage Tanks.

Government Relations

  • WSC maintained representation in washington d.c.since the late 1970s to monitor the activities of regulatory agencies and government bills that may affect the private water system industry.
  • In 2013, WSC worked on water well legislation which was introduced in the House of Representatives on September 18, 2014 such as the “Water Supply Cost Savings Act” (HR5659). The “Savings Act” aimed to reduce the cost to federal, state and local governments of providing safe drinking water to millions of Americans living in rural or isolated communities by promoting well water systems profitable communities.
  • Enacted in 2016, the Water Supply Cost Reduction Act (PL 114-322) requires EPA and USDA programs to provide information on cost-effective, innovative drinking water delivery systems and alternatives, mainly focused on the use of wells and well systems. . The law also requires individual, shared and community wells to be considered by all applicants seeking federal funding for drinking water systems serving 500 people or fewer.
  • WSC’s Legal Counsel oversees local, state, and federal matters and submits briefs on behalf of WSC and its members on matters important to the water well industry.

give back

In 2010, WSC established the Water Well Trust, a 501(c)(3) organization that provides wells to Americans who lack a potable water supply. It is currently the only organization whose sole mission is to provide a clean water supply to underprivileged Americans. It does this by funding wells for low-income households whose wells are no longer functioning properly, have contamination issues that make the well unsafe, or do not have a well or other source of safe drinking water.

Most Water Well Trust projects are funded by matching grants from USDA’s Rural Decentralized Water Systems program. WSC member companies contribute a percentage of the matching grant each year. USDA grants to the Water Well Trust have increased from $140,000 in 2014 at $1.4 million in 2021. To date, the Water Well Trust has helped drill or rehabilitate 268 water wells serving 282 households in 27 states, paying $2.6 million directly to well contractors for this work.

In addition to providing a safe drinking water supply to hundreds of Americans, Water Well Trust projects have also been used to show government officials and regulators the effectiveness of wells and well systems in providing safe drinking water. quality across the United States.

The Water Systems Council is the only national non-profit organization that focuses solely on domestic wells and small water well systems. For 90 years, WSC has been committed to ensuring that Americans who obtain their water from domestic private wells have safe and reliable drinking water and to protecting our nation’s groundwater resources. For more information, visit


Margaret MartensExecutive Director
Water Systems Council
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SOURCE Water Systems Council


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