2006-09-28 / Upcoming Events

Private well workshop to be held in Tiverton

On Thursday, Sept. 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Tiverton High School Auditorium at 100 North Brayton Rd. in Tiverton, the University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension and the state Department of Health will conduct an educational workshop on private well water protection

"Approximately 10 percent of Rhode Island residents depend on private wells for their drinking water. While the state does test public drinking water sources, it is the private well owner's responsibility to make sure that the water is safe to drink" said Alyson McCann, with the University of Rhode Island Home*A*Syst Program.

The state health department recommends that private well owners test their wells every year for contaminants such as coliform bacteria, nitrate, and sodium. Tests are also recommended every three to five years, and every five to 10 years for a series of other contaminants.

"We have found these workshops to be especially successful in terms of encouraging people to inspect and test their private wells. In fact, follow-up surveys show that over half of all workshop participants did have their private well tested within one year of attending the program. Furthermore, many indicated changing their behavior in order to protect the quality of their drinking water. Ultimately, we hope that workshop participants will be able to use the information they receive in order to ensure that they and their families have healthy drinking water," McCann said.

Funded by the state Department of Health Capacity Development Program, this free two-hour workshop will include a presentation, informational hand-outs, and the chance to speak with well water experts about individual concerns and questions. Pre-registration is required due to limited space. Call the URI Cooperative Extension at 874-5398 for more information or to register.

The Tiverton Conservation Commission will host the workshop.

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