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University of Illinois Extension

The Private Well Class - Free Online Program

December 20, 2012

Champaign, IL - Homeowners in small communities and rural areas without a public water supply often don't fully understand how to manage, operate, and protect their private well.

The Illinois State Water Survey and the Illinois Water Resources Center at the University of Illinois are pleased to announce a new nationwide training initiative funded by the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The Private Well Class is a free, step-by-step education program to help well owners understand groundwater basics, well care best practices, and how to find assistance. It will also teach well owners how to sample their well, how to interpret sample results, and what they can do to protect their well and source water from contamination.

The program combines a 10-part online class with live, interactive webinar events in which the material will be reinforced and questions answered. Steve Wilson, a groundwater hydrologist with the Illinois State Water Survey with over 20 years of experience working with private well owners, will serve as the primary instructor for The Private Well Class.

University of Illinois Extension Unit 13 will be a host site for the January 16, February 6 and February 27 webinars. Webinars will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at your local Extension Office: Champaign, 801 N. Country Fair Drive, Champaign, 217.333.7672; Ford-Iroquois, 912 W. Seminary Avenue, Onarga, 815.268.4051; and Vermilion, 3164 N. Vermilion, Danville, 217.442.8615. Contact your local Extension Office before January 10 to make your reservation.

Please visit The Private Well Class website (http://www.privatewellclass.org) or contact info@privatewellclass.org for more information. Or contact Steve Ayers, University of Illinois Extension Educator, Unit 13: 217.333.7672 or srayers@illinois.edu

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