A Georgia county agent’s perspective: delivering an effective county program to private wells owners
Fielder, J. Keith
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Homeowners purchase property not associated with public water and sewer systems. These individuals are unaware of their responsibilities as private well owners and are unfamiliar with proper well construction and maintenance requirements. Most become inspired to take action only after apparent water quality problems arise. Concepts of an effective Extension education program for private well owners include: an introduction to groundwater and how wells work; basic principals of wellhead protection; water testing and interpretations; common water quality problems in their area; routine well maintenance; and water treatment options. This presentation will demonstrate how to develop a well owner program using the tools and resources available to County Extension Agents.