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RaeAnn Tucker-Marshall is the public information director of the Henry/Stark Health Departments.
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Dorothy David, Health Department Director of Environmental Health
Services states, "We would like
to recommend to area residents that maybe it's time for your annual water
well checkup!"
Just as you check your furnace or smoke detector batteries seasonally,
spring is a good season to have an annual water well checkup before the peak
water use season begins, according to the National Ground Water Association
Why is it a good idea to have my water well checked annually? "The
truth is an annual checkup is the best way to ensure problem-free service
and quality water," says David. "Also, preventative maintenance usually is
less costly than emergency maintenance, and good well maintenance — like
good car maintenance — can prolong the life of your well and related
equipment. NGWA further recommends you test your water whenever there is a
change in taste, odor, or appearance, or when the system is serviced."
Schedule your annual water well checkup. Wells can provide high-quality
drinking water, and about half the U.S. population receives its drinking
water from wells. But with well ownership comes the responsibility of
keeping the water well in good working order.
David also recommends that well owners:
•Keep hazardous chemicals, such as paint, fertilizer, pesticides, and
motor oil far away from your well, and maintain a "clean" zone of at least
50 feet between your well and any kennels and livestock operations.
•Maintain proper separation between your well and buildings, waste
systems, and chemical storage areas.
•Periodically check the well cover or well cap on top of the casing
(well) to ensure it is in good repair and securely attached. Its seal should
keep out insects and rodents.
•Keep your well records in a safe place. These include the construction
report, and annual water well system maintenance and water testing results.
For more information on the Health Departments' Water Program, water testing
and sealing abandoned wells, contact the Health Department at (309) 852-0197
Main Office. You can also visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or
find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments.

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