2008-02-07 / News

Learn to protect your well water

On Tuesday Feb. 26, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Jamestown library the University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension and the state's 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, of URI's Home*A*Syst Program.

The Rhode Island Department of Health recommends that private well owners test their wells every year for contaminants such as total coliform bacteria, nitrates, and sodium. Tests are also recommended every three to five years, and every five to ten 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. Ultimately, we hope that workshop participants will be able to use the information they receive to ensure that they and their families have healthy drinking water," McCann said.

Funded by the RI Department of Health Capacity Development Program, this free two-hour long 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 as space is limited. Call the URI cooperative extension at 874-4918 for more information or to register.

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