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Well Water Contamination Study

Well Water Contamination Study

  • March 10, 2017
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The Adirondack Lakes Alliance, of which USLA is a member, has requested we forward information about a well water contamination study to our members.

The Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute (PSCAWI) is conducting a well water study to determine the extent and magnitude of road salt contamination of our drinking water. Road salt affects groundwater and public health, and we want to better understand the local impacts on private wells. Salt in well water can affect the taste, can cause complications for people with health conditions, and may leach heavy metals into your drinking water.

PSCAWI is seeking potential volunteers to participate in their study. The well water study is a designed experiment that is subject to the peer review process. Wells will be selected for this study based on location, well type, and water system specifications. If your well is selected, your well water will be tested at no cost to you. Should your well not be selected for the study you may choose to have PSCAWI analyze your drinking water for salt contamination at a cost to you of $50.

If you would like to be considered for this project, please click on this link to provide your contact information and to answer a few basic questions about your well: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/V5VT9K6. Your information will then be mapped to assess whether or not your address will be a match for the needs of this study, and you will be contacted by a staff member at PSCAWI. Your privacy is important, and your information will not be shared with anyone.

This project is funded by Adkaction.org and The FUND for Lake George to test 400 private wells in the Adirondacks for salt contamination.

For further information, please contact:

Ed Griesmer
Executive Director

Jane B.Smith
Associate Director
Adirondack Lakes Alliance, Inc.
PO Box 406, Chestertown NY 12817
H: (518) 494-3301

Guy Middleton
Lake Manager
Upper Saranac Foundation
P.O. Box 564
Saranac Lake, NY 12983
518 796-1052
[email protected]

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