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Well water assessment offered

Well owners are often unaware of the possible causes of contamination to their water. According to a press release, older wells may not be sealed properly near the surface or their source of water may be shallow and influenced by potential pollutant sources like feedlots, septic systems and other land uses.

“Private wells are unregulated under the Safe Water Drinking Act and it is the well owners responsibility to ensure the water is safe to drink,” officials said in a release. “The Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project (SERCAP) is a non profit organization, working with the (Environmental Protection Agency) and (United States Department of Agriculture), to provide education and outreach to well owners.”

The release cited that SERCAP is locally based with an office in Roanoke.

“We are seeking well owners to participate in our program by having a free in-person assessment of their water well,” officials said in the release. “The assessment process will help a well owner understand the potential risks and vulnerabilities that might impact their drinking water.”

Those interested in this free assessment should contact Janice Tatum at jtatum@sercap.org or (984) 222-4304 to schedule a day and time.