Resources for Residents

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Drinking Water Testing

If you have "city water", your supplier is required to test your water on a regular basis (check your water company website or call for specific information). If you have a private well, it is up to you to have the water tested! It is a good idea to have your water tested on a regular basis to detect any changes in quality. A standard potability test can be performed at many state-certified labs. Click HERE to find a lab near you.

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Septic System Maintenance

Nobody likes to think about their septic system ... but neglect can harm local waters AND result in costly repairs for you. Check out EPA's Septic Smart resource to learn more about why you should maintain your septic system.

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Tips for Effective Lawn Fertilizing

Everyone likes the look af a healthy, lush, and green lawn. Keeping it that way requires a lot of work, and application of fertilizers is generally part of the process. Excessive application of fertilizers, however, is damaging to the environment and can be costly. If you are unsure about proper and effective fertilizer application, this factsheet from the CT NEMO Program will provide some valuable insight.

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CLEAR Webinar: Groundwater 101

This webinar, presented by Dr. Gary Robbins and sponsored by the Center for Landuse Education and Research (CLEAR), discusses Connecticut's groundwater resources - where they are, how much we might have and use, their importance to the health of the environment, and what we need to do to sustain and protect them.

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CLEAR Webinar: Road Salt Use in Connecticut

This webinar, presented by Dr. Mike Dietz and Lukas McNaboe and sponsored by the Center for Landuse Education and Research (CLEAR), will help you understand the basics of the impacts of road salts, looking specifically at trends in salt use for deicing roads, salt levels in ground and surface waters of the Northeast, impacts of road salt to aquatic life and impacts to groundwater and surface water supplies.