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Publication Number: P1868

This self-assessment of your private well is an important tool that allows you to evaluate conditions around your home that could threaten your drinking water quality. Please read this...Read more

A newly installed septic tank system at a residential property for removal and purification of household grey wastewater and sewage.
Publication Number: P1869

This self-assessment of your household wastewater treatment system is an important part of keeping your wastewater treatment system working properly. You should complete it if you use a septic...Read more

Septic tank drain field drawing shows a two-compartment septic tank connected to a perforated pipe in the soil absorption field.
Publication Number: P1871

Learn the minimum requirements for managing your household wastewater. 

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Publication Number: P1872

Most of Mississippi’s 55,000 private wells provide good, clean drinking water. But it is possible for pollutants to enter the groundwater supplying a well and affect the health of people and...Read more

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Publication Number: P2775

For decades, Mississippians have enjoyed a plentiful groundwater supply, but the time has long since passed when each individual home had its own well or cistern. Today, most Mississippians...Read more

Publication Number: P3078

Coliform bacteria are a large group of many kinds of bacteria, including fecal coliform bacteria, which occur naturally in the intestines of warm-blooded animals. The group also includes non-...Read more

Cover of P3319.
Publication Number: P3319

This publication will teach you the correct private water well setback distances. 

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Publication Number: P3375

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) has an environmental laboratory certification program for water testing labs to ensure data accuracy.

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Filed Under: Rural Health, Water, Mississippi Well Owner Network, Rural Water Association, Water Quality April 21, 2022

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service is promoting a free water sampling campaign in seven Mississippi Delta counties.

Water samples will be analyzed for coliform bacteria and metals. Any Mississippi resident with a private well is eligible to participate. Test kits and detailed sampling instructions will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Participants can pick up sampling bottles April 26 to May 10 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the following MSU Extension county offices:

Filed Under: Mississippi Well Owner Network June 7, 2021

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi homeowners with private wells have two opportunities to learn how to enhance the quality of their drinking water sources.

The Mississippi Well Owner Network, a program of the Mississippi State University Extension Service, will hold workshops at the Extension offices in Perry County July 15 and at the East Central Community Center in Jackson County July 29. Each workshop begins at 6 p.m.

Filed Under: Health and Wellness, Healthy Homes Initiative, Mississippi Well Owner Network March 25, 2021

 Private well workshops in four counties this spring will help homeowners improve their drinking water sources.

Filed Under: Natural Resources, Water, Mississippi Well Owner Network August 24, 2020

Private water well owners in Mississippi can get their water screened for bacteria and learn more about how to manage, operate and protect their wells during several upcoming virtual workshops.

Filed Under: Water, Mississippi Well Owner Network, Water Quality July 26, 2018

Private well workshops in four counties this fall will help homeowners improve their drinking water sources.

Success Stories

A man stands in front of a sign that reads, “Saltillo Mississippi, Welcome Home.”
Natural Resources, Water, Mississippi Well Owner Network, Water Quality
Volume 6 Number 1

Turning on a water faucet typically produces a clear and safe product. If that doesn’t happen, there’s trouble.

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Mississippi Well Owner Network
Volume 3 Number 3

Not all water is so delicious that people ask for it to be carried across state lines.

Kate Lartigue of Poplarville is particularly pleased to share her water after attending a Mississippi Well Owner Network workshop offered by the Mississippi State University Extension Service and the Private Well Class. 

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