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Basics of Groundwater Protection

COURSE NO: C02-040
Basics of Groundwater Protection
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course introduces the sources of groundwater, lists its primary uses, discusses the many possible sources of contamination, explains options available after contamination has occurred, and briefly outlines how federal and state laws are used to protect groundwater.


Approximately half of all Americans depend on groundwater for household water use.  Many agricultural and industrial activities also depend heavily on groundwater supplies.  Given the importance of groundwater for the nation, a basic understanding of the principles of groundwater protection is necessary for engineers involved in governmental and industrial actions affecting groundwater.


This 2 PDH online course is intended for engineers in government and industry needing a broad overview of groundwater protection issues as they arise in the local community and in industry.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Learning about the sources and movement of groundwater
  • Familiarizing with the kinds of aquifers
  • Understanding the primary uses of groundwater
  • Learning about the causes of contamination
  • Knowing the options available after contamination: containment, withdrawal, treatment, rehabilitation, and abandonment
  • Familiarizing with the federal laws protecting groundwater
  • Understanding the role of states in protecting groundwater
  • Understanding the actions at the community level that can be taken to protect groundwater
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, "Basics of Groundwater Protection" which is based on the EPA document, "Citizen's Guide to Ground Water Protection", EPA 440/6-90-004, published in 1990 and re-published in 1999 with revised appendices.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Basics of Groundwater Protection (2.01 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifteen (15) questions to earn 2 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on this EPA publication.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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