More than 6 million New Yorkers get their drinking water from private wells. If your drinking water comes from a private well, you are responsible for your own water supply. This is a big responsibility that can seem overwhelming. The good news is that your well can be safely managed with regular inspections and testing. Responsible management of your private well can protect your family’s health.
A free consumer education class will be offered on Wednesday, October 22nd from 6:30-8:30 PM for residents whose drinking water comes from private wells. The class will be held in Kiwanis Hall at 4-H Acres, located at 418 Lower Creek Road in Ithaca.
“Private Wells: What you Need to Know” is a collaboration between the Community Science Institute, Tompkins County Cornell Cooperative Extension, and the Tompkins County Health Department. Representatives from each organization/agency will present information and answer questions.
Topics covered include: how private wells work, how groundwater contamination occurs, common problems and solutions, water testing, and what you can to do protect your private drinking water well.
Participants will receive a discount coupon for certified testing of coliform bacteria in their private well.
Pre-registration for this free class is requested and can be done by calling Cornell Cooperative Extension at 607-272-2292.