How do you know if your well water is safe to drink? What can you do to protect a well from contamination? When and how frequently should you have a septic tank pumped? These questions and more will be addressed at a workshop, "Rural Living Basics: Well Water and Septic Tanks," offered from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday or 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Duncan Law Seafood Consumer Center, 2001 Marine Drive.

The Oregon State University Extension Service offers the class for rural residents to learn the basics of caring for their drinking water and septic systems to protect the health of their families, home investment and safety of rivers and groundwater. For a free nitrate screening, bring1/2 cup of fresh water from the kitchen tap in a clean container.

The workshop is free, but advance registration is recommended by calling 325-8573.

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