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, March 11th from 6:30-8:30 PM for residents whose drinking water comes from private wells. The class will be held in the Weaver Room of the Newfield Elementary School, located at 247 Main Street in Newfield. This class is free and open to the public.
“Private Wells: What you Need to Know” is a collaboration between the Community Science Institute, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, and the Tompkins County Health Department. Representatives from each organization/agency will present information and answer questions.
Topics covered will 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.
Limited space is available. Please register for this free class by calling Cornell Cooperative Extension at 607-272-2292.