WATER QUALITY PROGRAM

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The Tuskegee University water quality team addresses the safe drinking water concerns of Alabamians receiving their drinking water from private wells. Alabama's water resources are abundant and are generally of high quality. The task of determining and maintaining this quality in private wells is the responsibility of individual well owners. The water quality team facilitates this effort through testing, demonstrations, and education.

The twelve County Alabama Black Belt regions is the target area of concern, but testing services and programs are accessible to resident in each of Alabama's sixty-seven counties. The Alabama Black Belt is one of the state's most diverse hydrological areas and has the largest percentage of private wells being used as the primary drinking water supply. Numerous unique demonstrations and outreach efforts are targeted for " The Black Belt" in an attempt to maintain high water quality awareness levels of residents in this region.

The focus of the Tuskegee University water quality initiative is to:
- Promote safe drinking water through the routine annual testing of drinking water supplies, both public and private
- Provide educational programs that stimulate an interest in protecting and maintaining safe drinking water in Alabama
- Conduct effective demonstrations that afford residents to view adaptable minimal cost techniques that promote safe drinking water