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Posted on: March 16, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Residents learn about caring for their water wells

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Red Deer County residents learned about protecting and caring for their water wells at a Working Well workshop, on March 2nd. The workshop was presented by the Working Well Program, with the help of technical expertise from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Alberta Environment and Parks, Alberta Health Services, and a local, licensed water well driller, and was hosted by Red Deer County. If you would like to be notified the next time a Working Well workshop is hosted near you, please contact Agricultural Services at 403-342-8654 or agriculture@rdcounty.ca. Your name will be added to a contact list for the next workshop date. 

The workshop took an in-depth look at groundwater, building water wells, materials they are made from, and water well care. Attendees learned about groundwater and how it works, water quality and quantity testing, well protection and protecting your well from contamination, basic well maintenance, and water sampling and how to do it. In addition, participants were able to ask their questions to the expert panel, learned how to find and read their drilling reports, and received take-home materials to reference in the future. 

Tori Adolf, Agricultural Technician with Red Deer County and administrator of the Safe Water Well Initiative (an initiative to help Red Deer County residents properly plug an unused or abandoned water well) had this to say about the workshop, “Properly maintaining your water well and ensuring your water is safe to use is essential for rural living. This workshop is an excellent resource for anyone new to well ownership, or for those who are responsible for caring for their water supply and need a refresher on how to do so.” 

Red Deer County hosts Working Well workshop’s at least annually, but usually once in the late-fall/early-winter and again in the late-winter/early-spring. Stay tuned to the Red Deer County social media feeds to find out when our next workshop will be hosted. Additionally, if you are interested in attending a workshop this winter, check out the Working Well website at alberta.ca/working-well.aspx for the full winter schedule. As the workshops are currently presented online, you can easily attend one hosted by another municipality. Upcoming workshops are being held on March 18th, 23rd, and 25th.

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