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Jefferson Commission urges residents to help well tester

September 17, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Jefferson County Commissioner on Thursday urged local residents to cooperate with a hydrologist who is testing area water wells as part of a groundwater study.

Some property owners have not allowed Kurt McCoy of the U.S. Geological Survey to test their wells, said Commissioner Greg Corliss.

Corliss urged residents to allow McCoy to test their wells, saying it is important for the completion of a well water study in which the county is involved.

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Part of the testing McCoy is conducting involves allowing water to run through a faucet for a period of time, Corliss said. Then the water is turned off and McCoy determines how long it takes for the well to return to its normal level, Corliss said.

The test helps determine how strong the well is, said Corliss, adding that it is information that some landowners might be interested in knowing.

A local farming organization told McCoy about county landowners who might be willing to let him test their wells, Corliss said.

Commissioner Jane Tabb said she believes some people may be reluctant to have their wells tested because they think McCoy is testing for contamination in wells.

That is not part of the study, Tabb said.

County officials have expressed an interest in determining how much groundwater is available in the area.

Groundwater availability in the county has been a growing issue, particularly in light of water shortage troubles that cropped up in areas such as Frederick, Md., during a drought two years ago.

Corliss said county residents who want to offer their wells for study can call McCoy at 304-347-5130 or the County Commission office at 304-728-3284.

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