ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, AB: KEEPING WELL WATER SAFE FOCUS OF WORKSHOPS
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By Jan Rose
A water well workshop for farmers, ranchers, and acreage owners will be held at Rocky Mountain House May 31.
The hands-on workshop teaches the basics of groundwater, common well problems, contamination risks, well construction, and provides other information to maintain a healthy water supply.
Clearwater County Landcare Co-ordinator Danielle Simmonds said the annual workshops presented by the Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Department began three to four years ago "since a lot of people were having problems with well water. I would say it's just a lack of knowledge."
Participants will learn how to prevent an increase in the number of bacteria, primarily coliform, by applications of chlorine in spring and fall.
There will also be information about how often water should be tested and where to deliver the samples.
As well, participants will learn how to mitigate slime build up in wells, Simmonds said in an interview.
Rocky Mountain House, located 80 kilometres of Red Deer in central Alberta, has numerous acreages in addition to a substantial number of wells on farms.
Simmonds said some farms "have more than one well. Some have four to five wells."
"The workshops have proven to be very popular," Simmonds said, adding "many people are interested. Registration occurs so quickly not everyone can be accommodated."
Six workshops will be held that started in mid-April and conclude June 12.
Further information can be accessed at www.workingwell.ab. ca.
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