Well & Septic Water Quality Program Dec. 10

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Have you ever had questions or concerns about the status of your well and septic system? If yes, then join Colorado State University Extension and Teller County Environmental Health from 9:30 a.m. -12 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Woodland Park library as we uncover the mystery of understanding and managing these essential components of your property.

Ground water is an important resource in Colorado, supplying approximately 18 percent of the water used in the state. Nineteen of Colorado’s 64 counties rely solely on ground water for drinking water and domestic uses. Private wells are the primary source of water for many Colorado families, farms and ranches. Protecting these private water supplies is essential to the welfare of those who depend upon ground water. Good quality water is an invaluable resource.

Since wells are directly linked to ground water, they can become contaminated if agricultural chemicals, runoff from animal enclosures, fuels, household wastes or other contaminates accidently enter them. Because of this, all rural residents should view their well as a vital asset that needs to be protected.

This program is intended to help you understand more about your water and septic system and help you evaluate activities around the home or ranch that may contaminate wells and ground water.

People who get their water from a public supply have the benefit of strict federal and state regulations governing water quality and testing. If you have a private well, you are the regulatory agency. Contaminated water does not always taste, look or smell different from safe drinking water. Laboratory analysis is the only sure method to determine the quality of your water. CSU Extension will provide free test bottles and information forms on Dec. 10 to help identify what you want tested along with relative prices for the various tests.

Directly related to water quality is the maintenance of your septic system. We will explore the basic structure of the septic system, what it does, how it works, and how to maintain it. A septic system record folder will be provided as well as what should be recorded and how often.

For those landowners on small, and large, acreages, we will discuss the potential threats to water supplies from animal waste and how it relates to well and surface water protection. Discussion on manure handling and the correct livestock quantity for your acreage will complete this section.

Finally, water use and conservation will be discussed in an effort to help improve efficiencies around the home and small acreage sites. These methods will help ensure water needs of the present, and future, are met to reduce the likelihood of aquifer depletion and dry wells.

The presentation will take place from 9:30 a.m. - noon on Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Woodland Park library, 218 E. Midland Ave. The price for the program is $10 per person or $15 per couple payable by check to “Teller County Extension Fund,” or cash at the door.

You will receive a 28-page pamphlet on protecting your well, record files for both septic and wells, water sample bottles, and some light refreshments and snacks. Please RSVP with the extension office by Dec. 5, by email mark.platten@colostate.edu or calling us at 686-7961.

If you need any special accommodations to participate in this event please contact us at least five business days prior to the event.

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