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• Clean up after your dog. Don't leave pet waste on the ground where rain can wash the germs into rivers and lakes. It's best to flush it down the toilet.

Private Water Supplies

You may have a private water supply, such as a well, for your drinking water. Your well is your responsibility. You need to make sure it is clean and safe.

Test Your Well Water

Has it been more than two years since your water was tested? You cannot see, smell, or taste most problems so you need to have your water tested at a laboratory. Well water is usually tested for bacteria and nitrate. You may want to have your water tested more often or for other pollutants, like pesticides, if you have had problems in the past. Call your local or state health department to find out how to have your water tested.

Protect Your Water Supply

You also need to take care of your well, especially if it is old.

Do you know where your well is?

Find your well. Is it uphill from animal pens, manure, pet waste, septic systems, dumps, or places where chemicals are stored?

What kind of well do you have? • A dug or bored well usually has a big hole, two feet across or more, and is less than 50 feet deep. These wells may be less safe because chemicals and bacteria can easily get into the water through the top and sides

• A drilled well usually has a narrow hole (4-10 inches around) and is deeper, sometimes hundreds of feet.

• A driven point or sandpoint well is 1-2 inches around and may not be deep.

If you do not know what kind of well you have, contact a local well driller. You can find one in the telephone book.

Do you know how old your well is?

If it is more than 20 years old it may need a checkup. You may need to test your water more often.

Is your well in good shape? You want to keep things from above ground out of your water supply.

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