Are you a resident with well water? When was the last time you had your water tested? Connecticut Institute of Water Resources, a joint project with the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, is offering a limited number of free water tests. Visit http://bit.ly/FreeWaterTest_UConn to sign up.
Is your well water contaminated with road salt? Dr. Mike Dietz of the Connecticut Institute of Water Resources talked to NBC Connecticut last week about how we can reduce contamination.
“‘This is a worldwide problem. It’s a really big problem in the United States because the amount of salt that we’ve been applying has been increasing dramatically over the past few decades,’ he said.
Dietz says the only solution is to apply less salt. Over the winter, a UConn pilot program showed encouraging results, and saved the university $300,000.”
Read the full story: http://bit.ly/CTRoadSalt
There are a number of steps that a homeowner can take to help protect their private well.
- Water should be diverted away from the wellhead to prevent the pooling and potential introduction of contaminated water into the well.
- Keep the well in good repair. A faulty well can allow surface water to reach groundwater without filtering through the soil.
- Use care when applying pesticides and fertilizers to lawns and gardens near the well (better yet, avoid use entirely if possible). These products contain chemicals and/or nutrients that can contaminate well water.
- Abandoned wells should be sealed. They are a prime entryway for contaminants.
Article by Karen Filchak, Retired Extension Educator