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September 23, 2017

Free well assessments available

The Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) will be providing free private well assessments in Aug. 6-10. RCAP is a nonprofit organization working with the Environmental Protection Agency to provide education and outreach to well owners.

RCAP is seeking well owners to participate in the program by having an in-person assessment of their water well.

Well owners are often unaware of the possible causes of contamination to their water. Older wells may not be sealed properly near the surface or their source of water may be shallow and influenced by potential pollutant sources like feedlots, septic systems and other land uses.

The assessment process will help a well owner understand the potential risks and vulnerabilities that might impact their drinking water. It considers site conditions, geology, land use practices, well construction and maintenance to provide a well owner with a list of possible concerns, if any are found.

Additionally, recommendations and best practices will be provided to help them keep their well and family safe from well contamination. RCAP staff will not be opening the well or taking water samples.

People interested in this free assessment can email jtatum@sercap.org or call 984-222-4304 to schedule a day and time. The assessment takes one to two hours and owners will be provided a written report within a month of the visit.

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