Most people living in rural areas of the Cariboo-Chilcotin trust their wells to supply them with needed water.
Hidden beneath layers of soil, clay and rock, groundwater can be a mysterious resource. And as my people in the region have experienced wells go dry, wells sometimes deliver undrinkable hard water, pumps break and other maintenance problems can arise.
This month the Cariboo Regional District and the Ministry of Environment – Water Protection and Sustainability Branch are offering two free workshops for well owners.
The first will take place at the Kersley Community Hall on Nov. 7 from 7 to 9 p.m.
The second, relating to the Williams Lake area will take place at the 150 Mile House Fire Hall on Nov. 8 from 7 to 9 p.m.
The workshops will provide information on water supply sources, well protection, well maintenance and operation, water testing methods and interpreting results, and water treatment options.