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THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, December 2, 2004-AI3 MI CLUB continued from A9 a well may part of the overall Water well system, installed well cap pollutants water. The should be sealed times, keeps out :from liquid con- )bUgs that can crawl wreak havoc. more informa- cap, a small can make a big water quality water well cap, and what Cap is the cover on casing that sticks serves many which are or a thermo- vented screen Pressure difference lhe inside and out- :Well casing may be pumped ~ell.~ However, the is to keep out of the water of contaminants Surface water can natlonall,encounter many types ~/ut'~R~//11~l~v/-~v=~u~--L=~='/-~lg"lV'('~HrlO~l-i~l~v.~ of pollutants and transport them. These d33Uk.lOLIUH are not always easily it's more than just water does the well cap keep out of the well? A properly sealed well cap protects against all types of contamination. It is the first line of protection against non- point source pollution, which constitutes the majority of ground water contamination. Non-point source pollution includes runoff of pesticides and herbicides, soil erosion, and elements from the street. Well caps also keep out insects, such as earwigs, which prefer a dark, damp environ- ment to nest. Insects can cause major problems in a well. Bac- teria levels can rise from their droppings, and sometimes the bugs themselves can get trapped in the wells, die, and decompose in the well water. Does the well cap make my water safe? detected by taste or smell. A properly sealed well cap is a safeguard in prevent- ing those contaminants from penetrating the household water supply. Having your well tested is the surest way to determine that the water is safe. Even if your well cap fits tightly on your well and your water tastes fine, the water well system should be given a checkup by a contractor every year. Is there anything else I can do to ensure the water is safe? Check the well cap from time to time. Make sure that it is sealed tightly, and look for cracks and evidence of tampering. If your well cap has a lock, check to see if the lock has been tampered with. Also, practice safe water habits. Do not landscape around the well cap. If you landscape your yard, make sure there is not a low area near the well where rainwater could collect. Rainwater can carry pollutants that can seep into a well. And when working with oil and gasoline, or mixing herbicides or pesticides, do so over concrete so spills can't seep into the ground. Is it okay to cover the well cap? If you don't like the look of the exposed casing and well cap sticking out of the lawn, you can camouflage it. There are companies that manufac- ture plastic covers designed to look like landscaping boulders. Often called "mock rocks," the products are lightweight, hollow, and durable to the ele- ments. The covers, which come in a variety of sizes and shapes and are growing in popularity, have been used to cover every- thing from wellheads to septic access ports and risers, tanks, utility panels, and water garden devices. Where can I get more infor- mation? For more information on your private water well, contact your local contractor or visit www.wellowner.org, a Web site of the National Ground Water Association (NGWA). To find a water well contractor near you, go to www.wellowner.org and click on "Contractor Lookup." Fu[! rc! e Give liekol lDouble 1rick, purchase of CUstom Pricing. Professional Service Installation & Removal,-'New System Us for all your outdoor decorating needs. Mention this ad for 810 off (~ ~1~ untr,l Co=, *FREE ESTIMATES* .o Heat & Air 405.714.1412 122 E. Thomas 547-5046 : !i aln, I1 country is 5 percent Christian and 95 percent Muslim. Larry shared slides of all the differ- ent areas - from the big cities to the sheep herders, who were women. The climate is semi-arid, but the land is very productive and prosperous. The Jordan Valley produces three crops a year with irrigation. Larry shared his knowledge of the country's rich Biblical his- tory. He had slides of the Red Sea, Sea of Galilee, Dead Sea, Jordan River, etc. We enjoyed viewing Roman ruins that included watch towers, amphi- theaters, and building facades carved in the mountains. He said the acoustics in the cen- turies-old amphitheater was incredible. Some of the runs were ruins of Roman cities that were members of the Ten Cities of The Decapolis. His favorite city is Petra. Larry said what he appreciated most about Jordan was the friendly, hospi- table people. He made lasting friendships with people he will never forget. The group enjoyed viewing a part of the world that most people will never have the privilege to visit. The meeting was adjourned , and refreshments were served. Those enjoying the evening were guests Carol Dobbs, Larry and Kay Jones and members Judy Bartram, Vicki Branstetter, Gaye Lynn Chancy, Fern Downey, Jo Hyder, Patty Johnson, Barbara Kirby, Nelda Kirby, Joan McDaniel, Mari- ann Miller, Judy Moorman, Claudean Reynolds, Virginia Sasser, Judy Spillars and Darla Woody. continued from A9 because a woodpile is on of the stations of the year and expresses the essential ambi- guity, of all seasonal work. It represents a job that we know we can do well enough but that we also know will never finally be done. Woodpiles are built up that they may be torn down. Massive as they are, they're ephemeral. You'll have to build another next year, which you will then once more thrown down. The woodpile reminds us of the fix we're in just by being alive on this Earth. It connects us with one another. We may as well look at our woodpile with affection, then, for it makes us be philosophers. After all this philosophy, we don't have a woodpile anymore. We did when we first moved to Perkins, because our fireplace was a wood burning apparatus. Well! We used it for a few years, and then Gerald said one morn- ing, you know what? I've cut wood almost all of my life (there was a gas starter or pilot on the fireplace). Voila, he bought a burner, gas burning fireplace now. Yep! Fixed that. Just as cozy and worm, simple. As long as we don't run out of propane. I guess that's not a problem. Turn up the central heat. HaM Then all we have to worry about is the electric bill, right? After moon viewing, my companionable shadow, walked along with me. Till we meet again, dear friends, may your fires burn warm and bright. Deo Volente, Pour pren dre conge, I wish you peace and love. [] Thank you for your subscription! Your subscription is impor- tant to us. Thank you's go to the following people who have renewed, or are new subscrib- ers, to The Perkins Journal: Perktns-Tryon: Erica Hering Dickey & Earline Lore Greg & Malinda Bowman Ralph Goforth H.D. & Faith Hughes Ronald & Sherry Bostian Cleo Rose Leroy Gibson Dale Magee Dennis & Regina Henry Doyle & Vickie Dodson Jimmie & Jessie Mills Lynn Kinder In State: John Ryan, Stillwater Carol & Dwain Phillips, Still- water Walter Price, StiUwater Robert LaFollette, OKC Jim & Janelle Arthur, Stillwa- ter Todd & Kim Swearingen, Stillwater Don & Priscilla Mann, Warr Acres Joe & Patricia Merrell, Carney Tom & Dorothy Arthur, Stillwater Lonnie Savage, Carney Ter- rell Hurst, Stillwater Barbara Courtright, Stillwater Out of State: Mary J. Robin- son, Lovington, NM Garry & Carol Cundiff, Lake St. Louis, MO I i You've got a friend! Want to buy a friend a subscrip- tion and save $4? 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