Well Water

first_imgMost new housing developments in the booming Atlanta suburbs have city water. But manyhomeowners still rely on a well for their water. And University of Georgia scientists have found that not everyone who hasa well knows how to protect that water supply.”We’re customizing a water quality program for Gwinnett County,” said Lisa Kelley, an Extension Service pollution prevention specialist with the UGA College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences. “We’re working with residents to gather information in a survey andon-site assessments.”With the nationally acclaimed Farm*A*Syst/Home*A*Syst program, UGA scientists are helping homeownersfigure the likelihood their well could become contaminated.”We work in a cooperative effort between the state staff and the county agent whenapproaching the homeowner,” Kelley said.The program helps find current and potential pollution problems. And it finds ways tocorrect them. On-site water sampling reveals any problems in the water source.”This survey is totally voluntary,” said Gwinnett County Extension AgentSteve Brady. “We leave all assessment information with individuals. All we ask themto do, after they get their water analysis back, is to let us know if they did take anycorrective measures. That helps us know the impact of this survey.”Though he does see extremes, Brady said most home or landowners need only minor changesto protect their well.”One well can have a tremendous impact, not only on the particular homeowner’swater quality but with their neighbors, too,” Brady said. “Their water sourcemight be the very same source other people are using nearby.”Though Gwinnett County is mostly suburban, many landowners have horses or cattle. Andmany have large gardens. Kathy Radford has both. She has horses and uses their manure as fertilizer on herthree-acre organic farm.”I learned animals can cause problems near the well because of the manurebuildup,” Radford said. “When it rains, it washes the manure down to the well.And if there is a way of it running into the well, it can cause a contaminationproblem.”Radford made some changes to protect her well. But she’s still concerned aboutpotential contamination. She hopes to build a shelter over her well for better protectionthan the tarp she now uses.”Actually, I may even consider putting in a well in a different location in thefuture,” she said.A mile or two away, Dick Waterworth’s well is newer. But it’s also at risk forcontamination. His yard rises steeply from the well site. Several times last spring,Waterworth applied fertilizer to green up his lawn. But that also increased the risk ofcontaminating his well.A water sample taken from his pressure tank during his assessment will tell him if thefertilizer has found its way into his water supply. For about $30, he can build a concretebarrier around his well to prevent surface runoff water from entering it.”I’ll probably take some action on that,” he said.Yard fertilizer and animal waste are the two main contaminants in Gwinnett County. Butby safely placing the well when it’s drilled, most homeowners can avoid problems withthese and other contaminants.”The one thing I think everyone who participates in the program will gain from itis the chance to look at things they wouldn’t normally consider,” Kelley said.The Farm*A*Syst/Home*A*Syst Program will be on display at FutureScapes Sept. 3 at theGeorgia Experiment Station in Griffin, Ga.FutureScapes features research exhibits from the UGA CAES, Fort Valley State University and Abraham Baldwin AgriculturalCollege. The exhibits focus on landscaping, ornamentals and the environment. The eventbegins at noon, and admission is free.To learn more, see your county Extension Service agent. Or visit the FutureScapes Website at www.griffin.peachnet.edu/agshow.last_img read more

Cricket News With Ranchi Follow On, Virat Kohli Creates New Record As India Captain

first_imgNew Delhi: Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team have enjoyed their series against South Africa, breaking plenty of records. South Africa have not managed to bowl out India in the entire three-match series, with India declaring in all four Test innings where they have batted. In Pune, Kohli enforced the follow-on after his magnificent 254 helped India reach a total in excess of 600. In Ranchi, Rohit Sharma’s maiden double ton and a magnificent all-round performance by the bowlers helped India secure a 335-run lead and once again enforce the follow-on. This was the eighth time that Virat Kohli had enforced the follow-on in his captaincy tenure and it broke the record of seven set by Mohammad Azharuddin. This was also the first time in 25 years that India have enforced the followoon twice in a home series. The last instance was in the 1993/94 series against Sri Lanka in which India managed to whitewash them 3-0. For South Africa, their tour of India continued to get worse. Their Ranchi follow-on prolonged their nightmare. The last time South Africa followed on twice in a series was against England in 1964/65. In their home series, they followed-on in two consecutive Tests but they only managed to lose one as the four-match series ended 0-1 in favour of England.Also Read | Rohit Sharma Breaks This 71-Year-Old Record Of Sir Don BradmanThis was the third time that South Africa have followed on in two consecutive Tests. In the 2001/02 series between South Africa and Australia, South Africa followed on in the Sydney and Johannesburg as they lost the series 0-3 and 1-2 respectively. The Proteas are staring at a whitewash against India for the first time and it will not be a good way to start their ICC World Test Championships on a high. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

O Neill primed for Mondays showdown

first_imgRobbie Brady scored late on before Edin Dzeko equalised.Ireland boss Martin O’Neill said afterwards we will really go for it on Monday night.There’s action in the European Championships play-offs this evening. Slovenia face the difficult trip to the Ukraine at 5pm.At 7.45, Sweden host Denmark in the last of the first leg play-offs.last_img

Egyptian judoka sent home over handshake refusal with Israeli

first_imgEgyptian judoka Islam El Shehaby has been sent home from the Rio Olympics after refusing to shake the hand of Israeli Or Sasson following the end of their bout, the International Olympic Committee said on Monday.El Shehaby, who was sent home by his own team, lost the fight on Friday and was reprimanded by the IOC for his actions.The athlete said he did not want to shake hands with an Israeli, nor was he obliged to do so under judo rules, but the IOC said his behavior went against the rules and spirit of the Olympic Games and the rules of fair play.”The President of the National Olympic Committee issued a statement saying they respected all athletes and all nations at the Olympic Games,” the IOC said in a statement.After Sasson defeated El Shehaby and the pair retook their places in front of the referee, the Egyptian backed away when Sasson bowed and approached him to shake hands.When called back by the referee to bow, El Shehaby gave a quick nod before walking off amid loud boos from the crowd . “The Disciplinary Commission (DC) considered that his behavior at the end of the competition was contrary to the rules of fair play and against the spirit of friendship embodied in the Olympic Values,” the IOC said.”The DC issued a ‘severe reprimand for inappropriate behavior’ to the athlete. It noted … the shaking of hands after a match is not in the competition rules of the International Judo Federation.””As well as a severe reprimand, the DC has asked the Egyptian Olympic Committee to ensure in future that all their athletes receive proper education on the Olympic Values before coming to the Olympic Games,” the IOC said.El Shehaby, 32, had reportedly been pressured by fans on social media not to show up for the match with his Israeli opponent, who went on to win bronze in the +100kg category, because it would shame Islam.This is not the first time athletes from Arab nations or Iran refuse to compete with Israeli athletes in Olympics or other international competitions. At the 2004 Athens Olympics then Iranian world champion Arash Mirasmaeili refused to fight Israeli judoka Ehud Vaks, earning praise back home.”Shaking the hand of your opponent is not an obligation written in the judo rules. It happens between friends and he’s not my friend,” El Shehaby said after his bout.”I have no problem with Jewish people or any other religion or different beliefs. But for personal reasons, you can’t ask me to shake the hand of anyone from this State, especially in front of the whole world,” he said.Egypt was the first Arab power to make peace with Israel, in 1979, but the treaty remains unpopular among many Egyptians.—last_img read more