2009-01-08 / News

Learn how to protect private wells at workshop

The University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension and the Rhode Island Department of Health will conduct an educational workshop on private well water protection on Thursday, Jan. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. The workshop will be held at the North Kingstown Free Library, 100 Boone St. in North Kingstown.

"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," explains Alyson McCann, with the University of Rhode Island 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, nitrate, and sodium. Tests are also recommended every three to five years, and every five to 10 years for a series of other contaminants.

"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 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, 874-4918 for more information or to register.

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