The Harris Centre invites you to a presentation: Shining a light down the well- Groundwater safety in rural NL
Attend in person at the Grenfell Campus on Tuesday June 26th or via webinar!
Nearly a quarter of the population of Newfoundland and Labrador relies on private wells, either dug or drilled, for drinking and household water; however, unlike municipal systems, there is no provincial legislation regulating continuous monitoring of this untreated groundwater.
Join Dr. Atanu Sarkar, Assistant Professor with Memorial’s Division of Community Health and Humanities, Faculty of Medicine, as he presents the results of a recent project investigating both the safety and quality of groundwater in this province, and local perception about water issues.
Dr. Sarkar’s study, (which focused on the West Coast of the island, but is relevant province-wide), helps to address both a lack of information about the levels of contaminants in groundwater sources, along with questions related to local people’s perceptions about water quality, safe monitoring and the health risks of untreated water.
“Limited services are available to assist homeowners with wells to monitor the quality of their tap water,” explained Dr. Sarkar. “What’s more, over the course of this study, we realized that many of the people drinking the water aren’t aware of the potential risks of untreated water supplies.”
Interesting in attending?