Healthy Homes, Part 8: Rural Water Supplies and Water-Quality Issues Course

Welcome to InterNACHI's free, online Healthy Homes 8: Rural Water Supplies and Water-Quality Issues Course.  This is part 8 of a 14-part Certified Healthy Homes Inspector certification program provided by InterNACHI to members for free. 
The goal of this course is to teach students about water supplies and water-quality issues, including proper construction and maintenance of water supply systems. 
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • describe sources of water; 
  • identify components of a private well; 
  • discuss issues related to water quality; 
  • explain how water can become contaminated; 
  • list ways to protect water supply and its potable quality; 
  • describe how to disinfect contaminated water supplies; 
  • perform an inspection related to water supply systems and components; 
  • generate observations related to inspecting water supply systems and water quality; and 
  • produce written reports related to observations conducted at a house.

Course Includes:
  • 20 InterNACHI CE credits
  • 2.0 CEU
  • 7,268 words
  • 40 quiz questions in 4 quizzes
  • Inspection and writing assignment
  • Research and writing assignment
  • 20-question final exam
  • Certificate of Completion
You will learn the following topics:
  • Water sources and location
  • Urban water supplies
  • Rural water supplies
  • Well types
  • Well construction
  • Well maintenance
  • Pump selection
  • Springs
  • Cisterns
  • Water decontamination procedures and guidelines
  • Water decontamination methods
  • Backflow
  • Back-siphonage
  • Water quality issues
  • Protection of Groundwater
  • Health risks associated with poor water quality
 This course has been approved by:

Healthy Homes 8: Rural Water Supplies and Water-Quality Issues Course

Course # 4814



Estimated hours for the average student

Academic Engagement

Reading online course instructional material at 140 words per minute


Taking quizzes 


Taking the exam


Conducting a directed and independent inspection study performed according to the Standards of Practice, including the development of an inspection report 


Submitting an inspection and writing assignment

Submitting a research and writing assignment 0.5




Studying and reviewing instructional material in preparation for taking quizzes and exam 


Reading the downloaded student course book including taking the quizzes with the book 0.5
Reading, research, and studying related to completing the research and writing assignment 1.0
Studying and preparing for inspection processes according to a Standards of Practice, including capturing and storing digital images with a camera or device, making observations, evaluating conditions, deducing, formulating opinions, communicating observations in written form, attaining competency in performing inspections and using an inspection checklist or software and other inspection tools in producing a report. 10.0



Sub Total


Overall Total

20 hours

2.0 CEU

And, in keeping with InterNACHI's commitment to Continuing Education, this online course is open and free to all members, and can be taken again and again, without limit.
Reminder to members:  InterNACHI's Code of Ethics 1.10 requires that you comply with all government rules and licensing requirements of the jurisdiction where you conduct business.  InterNACHI's courses and Standards generally exceed the Standards of Practice that you are required to abide by locally.