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Do you know what's in your well water?

Cowichanians wanting answers have an opportunity to find out for free this spring, B.C.'s forests ministry says.

It has launched a study of groundwater quality in the Cowichan River watershed.

The study involves sampling private and domestic wells to understand the

relationship between groundwater geochemistry, drinking-water quality, and the watershed's geology.

Sampling will happen this month, and during June, with taxpayer funding from the ministry, Cowichan Valley Regional District, and Cowichan Watershed Board's gas-tax money.

"Residents living in the areas of Lake Cowichan, Honeymoon Bay, Mesachie

Lake, Youbou, Paldi, Glenora, Somenos, Skutz Falls, or anywhere near the

Cowichan River between Duncan and Cowichan Lake, can volunteer to have

their well water tested at no cost," ministry staff states in a May 7 release.

"Only a limited number of wells can be sampled in each area, so those interested should apply as soon as possible."

Contact Cali Melnechenko of the ministry's Nanaimo office at 250-751-7102, or email

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