April 24, 2002
South Central Connecticut Regional
Water Authority Kicks Off Its First-Ever Statewide Consumer Education
Campaign On Drinking Water Quality During National Drinking Water Week, May
5 - 11
The South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority (RWA) and its
in-house testing service, AquaMD, will conduct its first statewide consumer
education campaign on drinking water quality during National Drinking Water
Week, May 5 - 11. The campaign's goal is to keep residents better informed
on topical issues related to their drinking water quality such as drought,
contamination, testing and well maintenance, and to help them understand how
they can take a more active role in ensuring their drinking water is safe.
The campaign will consist of three elements:
1) RWA/AquaMD will team up with the Connecticut Water Well Association (CWWA)
for a free public seminar for well-water homeowners, on Tuesday, May 7th at
the Woodbridge Town Library (please visit
http://www.AquaMD.com for additional details -- PRESS WELCOME)
2) Direct mail to thousands of consumers throughout Connecticut, which will
include basic water quality education materials and practical safety tips
3) Partnering with the CT Water Well Association, who play a key role in
communicating directly with homeowners regarding protecting drinking water
through proper well maintenance
"Throughout its 150-year history, RWA has played an active community role
and helped keep area residents informed about important drinking issues,"
explains David Silverstone, President. "We always emphasize that
Connecticut's public drinking water is safe and maintained quite well by
water utilities, but we also want residents serviced by well water to be
aware of measures they can take to help ensure drinking water quality."
For example, potentially dangerous contaminants, which often have no odor,
taste or color, can - and sometimes do - enter drinking water supplies from
a number of sources, which may not be known to the homeowner. These include
pollution, improper disposal of household or industrial waste, fuel or
chemical spills, excess rain/flooding, poorly-maintained wells, bacterial
contamination or lead found in pipes of older homes.
"The majority of Connecticut homes are serviced by public water systems,
which are regularly checked, treated and filtered, in keeping with EPA
requirements," explains Brian Cronin, AquaMD's Water Quality Associate.
"However, more than 500,000 Connecticut residents are serviced by private
sources, primarily wells, which are not checked by authorities, leaving sole
responsibility with the homeowner to maintain water quality."
Testing is one way RWA recommends homeowners take an active role. RWA
recently introduced a new service that allows anyone to have their drinking
water checked by the experts at its testing lab, which is state-certified
and registered with the EPA.
"Consumers can benefit from a reliable and convenient testing service," said
Silverstone. "The ability to test anytime gives homeowners a greater comfort
level that their drinking water is safe."
RWA's consumer water testing service is called AquaMD, and offers certified
lab testing for many potential contaminants such as lead; arsenic; MTBE;
Coliform and E.coli bacteria; pesticides and herbicides, with prices
starting at $20. Test kits can be ordered anytime via the web or toll-free
number, and are shipped directly to the customer, who supplies the water and
sends it back. Easy-to-read results are ready within ten days with next
steps, if needed. The site also contains background information and links to
State Health Departments, EPA sites, and more.
In addition to testing, other tips from RWA include:
* Maintain Wells -- Follow all instructions for well maintenance; test well
water at least once a year, as recommended by the Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA), http://www.epa.gov
* Be Alert -- Keep an eye out for changes in the water, such as color, odor,
* Be Cautious -- If contamination is suspected, don't drink or use the
water; contact your local health department or water authorities on
alternative sources, next steps
* Contact Experts -- Always contact the local health department or water
authority if you think a problem exists.
* Test -- Both the EPA and the CT State Health Department recommend
annual testing of well water; if a contamination is reported in your
area, more frequent water testing may be required
Call 1-888-AQUAMD-4 or visit http://www.AquaMD.com.