Bees Fold Aces

first_img Tags: Baseball/PCL/Salt Lake Bees Robert Lovell Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Reno, NV)  —  Luis Rengifo singled in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning as the Bees folded the Aces 8-7 in Reno.Rengifo also homered for Salt Lake in the win.  Jose Briceno also went deep and Jeremy Rhoades earned the win.The Bees are off tonight and visit Las Vegas tomorrow. August 20, 2018 /Sports News – Local Bees Fold Aceslast_img read more

Assistant Professor of Practice AY

first_imgJob DescriptionThe Building Construction Department within the Myers-Lawson Schoolof Construction (MLSoC) is seeking applicants for anon-tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor ofPractice rank to begin Fall 2021 in Blacksburg, VA. This positionis a nine-month, full-time appointment dedicated primarily to theteaching and service missions of the School.MLSoC is a joint venture between the College of Engineering and theCollege of Architecture and Urban Studies with undergraduateprograms in Construction Engineering and Management(ABET-accredited) and Building Construction (ACCE-accredited). Thesuccessful candidate will be required to teach 3-4 courses persemester in the Department of Building Construction, developmeaningful relationships with industry, and provide service to theSchool and the broader AEC industry. This position requiresoccasional travel to attend outreach events, conferences and/orother professional meetings.MLSoC is dedicated to inclusion, serving in the spirit ofcommunity, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who willadopt and practice the Virginia Tech Principles of Community, whichare fundamental to our ongoing efforts to increase access andinclusion and to create a community that nurtures learning andgrowth for all of its members. We actively seek a broad spectrum ofcandidates to join our faculty in preparing the future leaders ofthe construction industry. MLSoC does not discriminate againstemployees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color,disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationalorigin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation,genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protectedby law. Prior to hire, all applicants must pass a criminalbackground check.Required Qualifications● A graduate or professional degree in construction or a closelyrelated field, by appointment start date.● Established and extensive professional experience in constructionor a related discipline.● Expertise in operations, management, or pre-construction thatcomplements BC’s current curriculum and/or in two or more of thefollowing areas: design-build, construction means and methods,fundamentals of construction management, and/or constructioncompany management.Preferred Qualifications• Certifications and/or licensure related to the applicant’sprofessional field (e.g., PMP, CCM, PE, RA).• Teaching experience, preferably with a demonstrated record ofeffective teaching in higher education (e.g., through evidence ofstudent evaluations of teaching).• Demonstrated experience in the construction industry and itsleadership.• Engagement in academic program leadership and/or professionalorganizations.• Demonstrated commitment to serving diverse communities andbuilding inclusive cultures (e.g. through outreach, service,program development).Application MaterialsApplicants must apply online at Complete applicationswill include the following:1) a cover page summarizing your experience, area of expertise, andteaching philosophy;2) resume/curriculum vitae;3) maximum two-page teaching and service statement describing yourapproach to develop and teach courses (in-person and remote), servethe profession, University, and broader community;4) one page statement of diversity philosophy describing yourexperiences and/or commitments to facilitate diversity andinclusion;5) a list of three references.Only complete applications will be reviewed. Inquiries concerningthe position or application process should be directed to RoslynGarrison, CAUS HR Division Director, [email protected] .Other Opportunities with the Department of BuildingConstructionPlease note that this search is for an Assistant Professor ofPractice position. Additionally, the Department of BuildingConstruction is currently also recruiting for a tenure trackfaculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor. If yourqualifications align better with the position of AssistantProfessor, please consider submitting your application for thatsearch. More information regarding the requirements for thisposition can be found on VT Jobs here: Assistant ProfessorAppointment TypeRestrictedSalary InformationCommensurate with experienceReview DateMay 1, 2021Additional InformationThe successful Candidate will be required to complete a criminalconviction check.Position requires occasional travel to attend conferences andmeetings.About Virginia TechDedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve),Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking ahands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to beleaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institutionthat enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout theworld, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicatedto knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers morethan 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eightundergraduatecolleges , a school ofmedicine , a veterinarymedicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The universityhas a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campusin Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus inRoanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices andresearchcenters . A leading global research institution, Virginia Techconducts more than $500 million in research annually.Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, orapplicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (includingpregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, geneticinformation, national origin, political affiliation, race,religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwisediscriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about,discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation ofother employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected bylaw.If you are an individual with a disability and desire anaccommodation, please contact Roslyn Garrison at [email protected] regular business hours at least 10 business days prior tothe event.Advertised: January 8, 2021Applications close:last_img read more

News story: £1 billion of funding to upgrade NHS services in England

first_imgThe Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has announced £963 million of extra funding for health facilities across England.Stopping sending money to the EU after EU Exit means we can invest more in domestic priorities including our NHS.A total of 75 projects will receive funding to upgrade facilities so that more people can be treated and more can be done to prevent ill-health in the first place.Projects that will receive a share of the funding include: PDF, 133KB, 6 pages Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: List of projects to receive funding Almost £800 million of the funding will go to projects outside London in order to improve access to care across the country.The investment comes ahead of the launch of the government’s long-term plan for the NHS. The long-term plan is the biggest ever funding increase for the NHS and will see its budget increase by £20.5 billion every year by 2023 to 2024. a new emergency department in Walsall a multimillion-pound eye care facility in London a major expansion of mental health services in Newcastle, Gateshead and Liverpool We want even more patients to receive world-class care in world-class NHS facilities and this near billion-pound boost – one of the most substantial capital funding commitments ever made – means that the NHS can do just that for years to come. This will not only support dedicated staff through the redevelopment and modernisation of buildings, but it will allow additional services to launch for the first time, improving patients’ access to care in their local area as part of our long-term plan for the NHS.last_img read more

Speech: John Glen’s speech at the Building Societies Association Annual Conference

first_imgThank you, Stephen [Stephen Mitcham, Chairman].It’s a pleasure to be asked to speak at your Annual Conference, particularly in this 150th Anniversary year.A century-and-a-half is quite an achievement for any organisation.Throughout this time the Building Societies Association has been keeper of the flame, for the movement and its members.Over the years you’ve weathered all sorts of economic storms and existential threats. In more recent times, you survived de-mutualisation in the 1990s and the Global Crash of 2008, and today you represent almost a quarter of the mortgage market.And I think it’s worth taking a moment to consider why it is that the building society movement has endured.In answering that question, it’s perhaps fitting if I start by quoting the man who was Prime Minister back at the time of your founding.It was Benjamin Disraeli who said that “the secret of success is constancy of purpose.”For all the changes we’ve seen in our society and our economy, the building society movement has remained true to its original values.In 2019, as in 1869, building societies continue to put the interests of their members first.They continue to be rooted in the communities they serve.And they continue to ensure our financial service sector caters for everyone in our society.This is borne out by the strength of the sector today, with more than 40 different organisations, serving 25 million members in 1,500 branches across the United Kingdom.As I will explain in a moment, this diversity and competition in high street lending has never been more necessary than it is today.But first I should also add a special word on credit unions.It’s good to see so many represented here today, including BSA’s newest member, Scotwest.I know how vital credit unions are to the people and communities you serve.This was reflected in the Parliamentary debate I responded to on Tuesday this week, with many members from across the House speaking up for credit unions.As some of you know, the government is developing a prize-linked savings scheme to encourage individual savers, and help raise awareness of credit unions more widely.It’s a first step…because whether you can trace your pedigree back to 1869 or not, I want to see mutuals of all types prosper and grow.I’d like to use my remarks to set out why I think it’s so vital that building societies and credit unions keep on innovating and adapting……so they can continue to apply their values and principles in a changing society.Of course, given the changes we’ve seen over the past 150 years, who can predict with any certainty what the next 150 may bring?Here in Westminster it’s difficult to see past next week…And yet despite the short-term political uncertainty, I’m in no doubt of the forces that will shape the future of our financial sector.I refer to the ‘three Ts’ – Trust, Technology and Talent.Let’s take each of them in order, starting with Trust.A decade on from the financial crash, I know how hard the sector has worked to rebuild public trust.But the task of making our financial services work in a way that is sustainable and responsible is an unending one.And we must never stop working to ensure our economy is sufficiently broad and inclusive to serve everyone in our society.This challenge is particularly acute when you consider the demographic pressures we face as a country.We have a generation of young people starting out in life, for whom the traditional expectations about job security, home ownership and pensions seem to be slipping further into the distance.At the other end of the financial journey, we have more people living longer. One in 3 children born today will live to see their 100th Birthday, with all that entails in terms of financial security and social care.Balancing the two is not easy – but balance them we must.Because if we are to maintain people’s faith in our financial system, then it must evolve to serve their changing needs and expectations.I know the building society movement is in the vanguard of these efforts.Take housing.In November, I was pleased to speak at the launch of BSA’s report on Intergenerational Mortgages.I know that Saffron has launched a guarantor mortgage, while Marsden is the latest building society to offer a ‘joint borrower, sole proprietor’ mortgage.These two schemes take into account the financial circumstances of family members in order to give first time buyers a leg up onto the property ladder.I recently met the Ecology Building Society, which offers Green Mortgages for self-build properties and discounted borrowing for home improvements.That’s another great example of how the mortgage market can respond to the needs of society, and of the generations to come.As for retirement lending, it’s hugely encouraging to see regional building societies like Leeds, Nottingham and Loughborough offering retirement interest-only mortgages.And we’re starting to see this on a national level, with Nationwide offering a retirement interest-only mortgage alongside traditional equity release and capital repayment products – all backed by a joined-up advice service.These examples are proof that regulation and innovation are not mutually exclusive.It is possible to be a responsible lender while remaining accessible to people at every stage of their financial lives.And fresh thinking can transform even the most traditional areas of business.The subject of fresh thinking naturally leads to the second ‘T’ – Technology.You don’t need me to remind you of the extent to which technology is changing the market, particularly for high street lenders.But the question is – Do we sit back and let technology do its work? Or do we seize the opportunity to meld and align this revolution in a way that works for society?It probably won’t surprise you to hear me say I choose the second option.Yes, technology can provide more sophisticated and more convenient services, to the benefit of customers and businesses alike.But it’s true financial potential is to be found in being a catalyst for a smarter, more resilient and inclusive system.And that requires us to come together, roll-up our sleeves and get to work.First, to ensure that the benefits of technology can be harnessed across the sector, from the big national institutions to the smallest community cooperative.And second, to ensure that the benefits are felt throughout society: not just the wealthy or comfortable, but those who struggle with complex financial circumstances.I’m really pleased that you have Conference sessions planned for tomorrow under the theme of ‘Digital Mutual’.Meanwhile, our Financial Inclusion Forum brings government, business and civil society together to help find new solutions.Nationwide is one of the institutions that have picked up the baton.It’s ‘Open Banking for Good’ Challenge offers £3 million to FinTech companies that can come up with new apps and services to help financially squeezed households in this country.Fifty applications have been whittled down to 7 start-ups, which are now taking their ideas forward.At a time when many see Open Banking solely through a commercial lens, this is a much-needed demonstration that it can offer a social purpose too.The third and final ‘T’ is Talent.The single most critical element in the future of financial services – and our wider economy – is the availability of skills in the sector.We need people with the courage to think differently; the agility to move with the times; and the ambition to grasp the opportunities before us.To find these people, we must look to society in all its breadth and diversity.All the research shows that a more inclusive workforce is better for employees, better for businesses and better for customers.But across the financial sector – including building societies – there are sadly too few women represented in senior leadership roles.As some of you know, HM Treasury published the Women in Finance Charter three years ago.It asked financial service companies to commit to greater representation of women in senior leadership roles in the near term, with the long-term goal of an equal gender balance.BSA has shown real leadership by signing the charter.It sends a signal to the rest of the sector that this is the right thing to do.Twelve individual building societies have also signed up and I would encourage the 35 BSA members who haven’t yet done so to do likewise.The next step for everyone is to turn that public commitment into tough, tangible, action.I congratulate those who have met their first round of targets for increasing female representation in senior management this year –…Capital Credit Union……and Leeds, Market Harborough, Nottingham, Progressive and West Bromwich Building Societies.It’s good to see progress.But we still have a long way to go.And I do intend to hold your feet to the fire on this matter.As a sector, you pride yourself on being locally-focused and community-minded.In so many areas, your ethos is in line with public frustration and sentiment.So, frankly, I find it difficult to understand why this matter should be any different.Gender balance is a business imperative as well as a moral one.It’s not about displacing current leaders – it’s about creating a talent pipeline by thinking about who you recruit and how you nurture them over the course of a career.Because in a world that is increasingly global, increasingly competitive and increasingly digital, we simply cannot afford for people with the talent and skills we need to pass the sector by.Nor can we afford for experienced and capable individuals to be prevented from rising to the top.Let me begin to draw this together.I’ve highlighted some of the ways the Building Societies Association is leading the sector to innovate and adapt.Of course, there are plenty of other examples I could have chosen.Like Yorkshire Building Society’s workplace saving scheme.Or Nationwide’s not-for-profit house building programme.Or Newcastle’s leadership in signing up to the alternative dormant assets scheme for smaller building societies and banks.All of which represent the innovation that is found across the sector.So my closing message to you today is to keep on doing all the things you do.Keep on serving local communities.Keep on bringing forward new ideas for greater collaboration – building trust, harnessing technology and sharpening talent.And, most importantly, keep on putting people first.Because like Disraeli said, constancy of purpose is the key to success.So, to end, I’d like to congratulate the Building Societies Association for all that you have achieved, and all that you will achieve.Because I have confidence that you have as much to contribute to our country in your next 150 years as you have in your first.last_img read more

HBS’s Herzlinger addresses House Republican Conference

first_imgRegina E. Herzlinger, the Nancy R. McPherson Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, recently addressed the annual House Republican Conference retreat in Baltimore regarding health care.  Joining her in the presentation was former Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt.  Other speakers at the event were former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Newsweek columnist George Will.last_img

Academic boot camp

first_imgHarvard has been entwined with the American military since its start. In 1775, Gen. George Washington quartered the first Continental Army in Harvard Yard. On April 19 that year, British troops retreating from Concord and Lexington killed a graduate of the College, the first to die in combat, near present-day Porter Square.This week, Harvard is entwined once more as it hosts a weeklong pilot program presented by the Warrior-Scholar Project. The nonprofit group, started at Yale University three years ago, organizes academic boot camps for veterans thinking of making a transition from the military to college. This summer, the program — intended for former enlisted personnel only — is also debuting at the University of Michigan.Why Harvard? “It was the next logical move for us, expanding from Yale,” said co-founder Christopher Howell. He said the move was also eased by support in Cambridge from Jesse Reising, a student at Harvard Law School, and Lowry Pressly, a Ph.D. student in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.Howell is a former Australian special forces soldier and an Afghanistan veteran who graduated from Yale this spring with a degree in humanities. Five years from now, “We aim to be the national model for educating veterans,” he said of the Warrior-Scholar program. “We really think we’ve hit on something here that is expandable and transferable.”For now, that model will involve short-term boot camps for veterans with an eye on attending college. “We very much take a cautious approach to our expansion,” said Howell. “This was our first expansion beyond one campus,” though as many as 10 other universities are looking at the program. Warrior-Scholar sessions usually last two weeks and enroll 30 students. Harvard’s pilot program will last a week and includes 14 students.Classes in academic reading and writing as well as seminars with guest Harvard faculty members will run through July 12 at Harvard Law School’s (HLS) Lewis International Law Center. Professor of Government Eric Nelson, a historian of political theory, opened the program Monday.This morning, Harvey C. Mansfield Jr., the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Government, introduced the students to the two works he considers seminal to understanding American politics: “The Federalist: or, the New Constitution” (1788) by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, and “Democracy in America” (1835, 1840) by Alexis de Tocqueville, which he co-translated for a 2000 edition.Leading a seminar later this week will be James H. Waldo, the Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science and Harvard’s chief technical officer. Guest speakers have already included Latanya Sweeney A.L.B. ’96, professor of government and technology in residence. Two Harvard writing instructors are teaching workshops all week.Every evening includes dinner discussions. “It’s critical to us,” said Howell. “The academic stuff is only one aspect of this program. The social and emotional aspects are as vital.” Warrior-Scholar staff members, he added, evaluate “every student, every day” for signs of progress and readiness for college life.On hand to greet the Warrior-Scholar students this morning was Harvard President Drew Faust, a historian of the Civil War who has worked to bridge the civilian-military divide. Seated at the head of a square of tables, she recalled a commencement speech that Admiral Michael Mullen gave at West Point three years ago while chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Americans are proud of their military, but so few are part of it, she remembered him saying, that, “I fear they do not understand us.”Faust said, “It is imperative there not be this separation.”Programs like the Warrior-Scholar Project will help put veterans in direct contact with civilian counterparts in a university setting, she said. “There are some important lessons in the combination of the warrior-scholar,” Faust said, including discipline, leadership, teamwork, and selflessness. “You have such important messages and lessons to bring.”She said the new program provided “a chance for me to express my enthusiasm and my support for the path you have taken, and the commitment you are exhibiting to higher education.”Faust also recalled remarks made at a 2009 ROTC commissioning ceremony by Gen. David Petraeus, who also is interested in the concept of the soldier-scholar. “The most powerful tool any soldier carries,” she remembered him saying, “is not his weapon but his mind.”Faust’s presidency has re-established relations with the military, which frayed decades ago during the protests against the Vietnam War. Direct ties with the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps were renewed in 2011, and ROTC commissioning ceremonies are once again a part of Commencement Week.“You have so much to offer,” said Faust to the veterans. “As we seek to teach you, I hope you will also teach us, and teach your fellow students and all members of the community what it’s meant to serve, what your lives have been like, what the military has been like, and how important it is to understand that.”She thanked HLS Dean Martha Minow for hosting the event and director Logan Leslie ’15/’16, an eight-year veteran and former Special Forces soldier. The economics concentrator, married and the father of two, plans to graduate early.Howell said the warrior-scholar concept was born in part in Sydney, where he went to college after nine years in the military, and during his time as a counter-terrorism operative. “You can kick in a door,” his brother David told him, offering to help get Howell ready for college, “but you need to learn to read and write academically.”Six months of reading and writing assignments from his sibling, an academic, said Howell, “allowed me to transition very effectively” from one world to the next.After transferring to Yale through the Eli Whitney Student Program, he majored in humanities, with a focus on intellectual history. “I figured I had enough practical experience in my life,” said Howell. “I wanted the loftiest, most theoretical degree I could find.”last_img read more

Getting to universal health coverage

first_img Read Full Story Julio Frenk is dean of the Faculty at the Harvard School of Public Health and T & G Angelopoulos Professor of Public Health and International Development, a joint appointment with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.What does it take to develop a successful universal health coverage program in a state or a country?When I became Mexico’s minister of health in 2000, my single most important goal—the thing I quickly became most passionate about—was expanding health insurance coverage to all of our citizens. At that point, half of the country’s 100 million inhabitants were uninsured. Of course, I knew this was ambitious—very ambitious—but it never occurred to me that it was impossible. I just got to work.And then, through the indiscretion of someone, an email from a very high ranking person in the Ministry of Health wound up in my hands. It said, in essence, “The minister has lost his marbles. How does he think it is possible to insure 50 million people?”This was a competent civil servant, and I didn’t want to fire him—even if I he did think I was losing my mind. Instead, I called him to my office and I said: “Look, it’s come to my attention that you’ve been questioning my sanity, so let me tell you why I’m not crazy.”I’m proud to say that the universal coverage program we instituted, known as Seguro Popular, is firmly ensconced in Mexico—and it does indeed now cover 58 million previously uninsured people, my colleague’s doubts notwithstanding.last_img read more

Officials plead: Don’t let Super Bowl become superspreader

first_imgThe nation’s top health officials are sounding the alarm about the Super Bowl being a potential superspreader event. They urge people to gather with friends over Zoom, not in crowds or at bars and parties. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs will play Sunday in a partially filled stadium. The game is happening as the nation sees a dramatic drop in new virus cases — a sign that the infection spike from holiday gatherings is easing. Health officials fear the game could seed new cases at exactly the wrong time. Tampa has acquired 150,000 donated masks that officials will offer to anyone who needs one.last_img read more

Well Testing

first_imgMuch of Georgia was much wetter than normal during November 2015, and with all that rain there’s a chance some runoff may have contaminated private wells around the state. For families who have seen their well water turn a bit cloudy or muddy over the last few weeks, it’s not a good idea to guess at the quality of water coming out of the tap. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the University of Georgia recommend testing well water at least once each year. The recent rains may make this a good time to visit a local UGA Cooperative Extension office to have your well water tested. Although well water in Georgia is generally safe to drink, it can become contaminated with excess minerals, chemicals and disease-causing bacteria. While water from public municipal sources is routinely monitored for safety, water from private wells isn’t unless homeowners take steps to ensure its safety. Many problems with well water can be corrected, but homeowners can’t fix a problem if they don’t know it exists. Below are some things Georgians should think about when deciding whether to test well water.How well water can become contaminatedThe water that fills private wells comes from rainfall that filters through soil and collects in pores and cracks in rocks deep beneath the ground. This filtration process removes leaves, insects and other particles from the water. It doesn’t, however, filter out chemicals — pesticides, fertilizers and industrial waste — that rainwater picks up from soil and hard surfaces. Spills of chemicals or sewage within 100 feet of the well are cause for particular concern. Furthermore, as water moves through the ground, it can dissolve naturally occurring minerals and metals. It can also pick up microorganisms, especially during warm, rainy weather, like Georgia saw in November. Shallow wells are more susceptible to contamination than deep wells are. Location is also a factor in well water contamination. Wells that are sited in low ground are more likely to collect pollutants carried in surface runoff. Contamination is also more likely if the well is located within: 50 feet of septic tanks, septic drain fields or livestock yards100 feet of petroleum tanks, manure storage, or pesticide or fertilizer storage and handling areas Additionally, some regions experience potentially toxic levels of naturally occurring contaminants, including arsenic, radon and uranium. Crystalline rock aquafers, like those found in the Piedmont region of Georgia, are more likely to contain radon. Unprotected wellheads, flooding, poor well construction and damaged well structures can also allow contaminants to enter well water. Hazards of contaminated well waterPrimary contaminants in well water can cause both acute and chronic illness. High levels of dissolved metals, such as copper or cadmium for example, cause liver and kidney damage and anemia. Bacteria, viruses and parasites may cause dysentery and several infectious diseases. Chemical contaminants can cause a host of illnesses. In addition to health risks, some contaminants cause economic or aesthetic damage. Excess chloride in well water deteriorates plumbing and water heaters. Excess copper leaves blue-green stains in sinks and toilets. Concentrations of iron and manganese stain laundry brown. High levels of chloride, iron and zinc can make water taste bad. While an odd taste, corrosion and staining are signs of water contamination, most contaminants aren’t readily detectible. Ensuring the safety and quality of your well water requires laboratory testing. Recommended tests for well waterBecause one single test can’t detect all the possible contaminants of well water, UGA Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories offer over 30 different water tests. Under most conditions, however, UGA recommends annual testing in just four areas: water chemistry, bacteria, nitrates, and turbidity and color. The basic water chemistry test performed at the UGA Soil, Plant and Water Analysis Laboratory can determine hardness, pH and concentrations of 16 minerals and metals. If your well water hasn’t been tested in three or more years, start with a comprehensive water chemistry analysis. In addition, UGA recommends that well owners in the Piedmont and Blue Ridge regions consider annual testing for uranium. Well owners in the state’s Southern Coastal Plain below the Fall Line should test their water for arsenic. Beyond these recommended annual tests, you may need to have your well water tested for safety if you experience flooding; suspect contamination; notice changes in color, odor or taste; or have problems with the well structure. For information on collecting and submitting well water for laboratory testing, contact your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1. Your Extension agent can also recommend treatments for correcting well water issues.last_img read more

Foxfire Mountain Adventures Giveaway

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