2010-01-28 / About Town

Private well protection workshop Feb. 2

On Tuesday, Feb. 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Jamestown Philomenian Library, the URI Cooperative Extension and R.I. Dept. of Health will conduct an educational workshop on private well water protection.

“Approximately 10 percent of R.I. residents depend on private wells for their drinking water. It is the private well owner’s responsibility to make sure that the water is safe to drink,” said Alyson Mc- Cann of URI’s Home*A*Syst Program.

The R.I. Dept. 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.

Funded by the R.I. Dept. of Health Capacity Development Program, this free two-hour workshop will include a presentation, informational handouts and the chance to speak with well water experts about individual concerns and questions.

Pre-registration is required; call 874-4918 for more information or to register.

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