A $547,000 grant will enable local environmental health personnel to assist residents in learning more about the risks that threaten the safety of drinking water from area private wells and will provide well water testing for local property owners.
Ken Nordstrom, Delta County director of environmental health, is a member of the six-county West Central Public Health Partnership that applied for and secured a five-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control to help address private well water concerns in Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Ouray and San Miguel counties.
Public health agencies in the six counties had identified private well water quality as a high priority during the last regional health assessment. Now the group of public health leaders will have funding to address those concerns.
"Private well water is unregulated," Nordstrom said. "We needed funding to gather data, documenting potential problems that may be affecting drinking water in private wells. This will help us address issues and make good recommendations to the public." In year two, grant funding will allow for sampling and testing of well water across the region, as well as an educational campaign about private well management and upkeep aimed at approximately 10,000 private well owners in the six-county region.
The West Central Public Health Partnership was formed in 2006 to strengthen the public health infrastructure in the region through collaboration and shared services.
For more information contact Ken Nordstrom at 874-2169 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.