Well protection solution: new tools for educating individuals on wellhead management
Pagan, Tina W.
Vendrell, Paul F.
Risse, L. Mark
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This paper presents the University of Georgia (UGA) Extension Drinking Water Team’s new educational tools that teach well owners about wellhead protection and their role in safeguarding groundwater. In addition, it discusses the delivery methods identified to effectively instruct well owners on wellhead maintenance. Ninety-five of Georgia’s rural residents have their drinking water supplied by private water wells. It is critical these wells function properly and are free of pollutants to provide individuals with drinking water and prevent groundwater contamination. To address these issues, the following materials have been developed by the Georgia Extension Drinking Water Team: “Well…What Do You Know: An Introduction to Protecting Your Wells and Drinking Water” DVD/video, “Improving Drinking Water Well Condition” self-assessment, and “Solutions to Drinking Water Problems: A Clearinghouse of Drinking Water Well Information” website.