Work­ing well work­shop com­ing to San­gudo

The McLeod River Post - - Family, Farm & Garden -

In­for­ma­tive wa­ter well man­age­ment work­shop will help res­i­dents pro­tect their wa­ter wells.

Have you had your well wa­ter tested in the last two years? Have old un­used wells on your prop­erty been prop­erly sealed and de­com­mis­sioned? Have you ever shock chlo­ri­nated your well? Do you know the age and depth of your well, or how it was con­structed?

Ac­cord­ing to Al­berta wa­ter spe­cial­ist Ken Wil­liamson, if you an­swered no to any of these ques­tions, your ground­wa­ter sup­ply could be at risk. De­spite the fact that 450,000 Al­ber­tans rely on ground­wa­ter for house­hold use, few know that proper wa­ter well con­struc­tion, sit­ing, and main­te­nance can help pro­tect your well from con­tam­i­na­tion.

To en­sure the safety of your wa­ter well, you should also know how far your sep­tic sys­tem is from your well. Sep­tic tanks should be reg­u­larly pumped and in­spected. You should also dis­in­fect your well on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

It is also im­por­tant to reg­u­larly test and doc­u­ment the qual­ity and quan­tity of wa­ter from your well. By keep­ing good records you can see how wa­ter qual­ity and well per­for­mance has changed over time. Proper well main­te­nance and op­er­a­tion can save you costly re­pairs and en­sure your well wa­ter yields are sus­tained over many years.

If you’d like to find out if your ground­wa­ter is at risk and learn what you can do to pro­tect your well, at­tend a free wa­ter well man­age­ment work­shop be­ing hosted by Lac Ste. Anne County and pre­sented by the Work­ing Well Pro­gram, with tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise from Al­berta Agri­cul­ture and Forestry, Al­berta En­vi­ron­ment and Parks, Al­berta Health Ser­vices, and li­censed wa­ter well drillers on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 25 in San­gudo. This hands-on, in­for­ma­tive work­shop is de­signed to help wa­ter well own­ers bet­ter un­der­stand and man­age their pre­cious ground­wa­ter sup­plies.

Sign up for our free wa­ter well man­age­ment work­shop to­day. Reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired to ac­cess par­tic­i­pants’ wa­ter well drilling re­ports to be used at the work­shop. Pre-register by Oct. 17. Con­tact Lac Ste. Anne County at 1-866-880-5722 or email Lor­raine Tay­lor, Con­ser­va­tion Co­or­di­na­tor, at LTay­lor@LSAC.ca For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.LSAC.ca

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