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Your Household Water Quality: Odors in Your Water (C 1016) Homeowners sometimes experience unpleasant odors in their household water. In many cases, the exact cause of the odor is difficult to determine by water testing; however, this publication provides a few general recommendations for treating some common causes of household water odors.
Water Quality and Common Treatments for Private Drinking Water Systems (B 939) An abundant supply of clean, safe drinking water is essential for human and animal health. Water from municipal or public water systems is treated and monitored to ensure that it is safe for human consumption. Many Georgia residents, especially in rural areas, rely on private water systems for human and livestock consumption. Most private water systems are supplied by wells. Water from wells in Georgia is generally safe for consumption without treatment. Some waters, however, may contain disease-causing organisms that make them unsafe to drink. Well waters may also contain large amounts of minerals, making them too “hard” for uses such as laundering, bathing or cooking. Some contaminants may cause human health hazards and others can stain clothing and fixtures, cause objectionable tastes and odors, or corrode pipes and other system components.
Disinfecting Your Well Water: Shock Chlorination (C 858-4) Shock chlorination is the process by which home water systems such as wells, springs, and cisterns are disinfected using household liquid bleach (or chlorine). Shock chlorination is the most widely recommended means of treating bacterial contamination in home water systems. This publication contains guidelines for safely and effectively using shock chlorination -- a standard treatment for sanitizing your well system.
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Here are some of UGA Extension's most popular resources on family, food, health, home, and money.

 
Walk Georgia A web-based fitness program dedicated to helping you track your activity, eat healthier, and exercise more efficiently. Participate individually or with a group.
 
Start a New Food Business A collection of resources to help you get started with your small food business.
 
Food Talk Eat healthy and get moving on a budget. Find free online nutrition education courses, recipes, and other resources.
Marriage Matters Series Looking for ways to strengthen your relationship? Whether you have just started dating, have been married for a while, or have been married more than once, we can always use some guidance in developing and maintaining a healthy and satisfying relationship.
Childcare Provider Training Entity-approved training to help child care providers meet state licensing requirements. Check the calendar for training events near you.
Your Good Credit Series Establishing, maintaining, and protecting Your Good Credit can save you thousands of dollars over time. This series will teach you the basics of credit reports and scores.
 
So Easy to Preserve This book covers topics on preserving food, canning, pickled products, sweet spreads and syrups, freezing and drying. Available for purchase only.
 
Eat Healthy, Be Active A flexible 3-week schedule of hands-on activities meant to improve young children's health and well-being by teaching key nutrition and physical activity concepts.
 
Radon Education Radon is a colorless, tasteless odorless gas that can cause lung cancer. It occurs naturally and is released into the soil, easily entering buildings through the foundation. The only way to know if you have radon is to test.
 
Building Baby's Brain Series What happens during a child's first few years makes a big difference in the child's later life. This series helps parents learn strategies to improve early brain development.
Extension News
Distracted Driving link Texting, changing the radio and applying makeup are just a few activities that distract drivers from the road. By Keishon Thomas | Published: 4/25/2018
Tax Assistance link The free tax assistance program serves individuals who earn less than $65,000 per year. By Keishon Thomas, Julie Jernigan | Published: 4/4/2018
Planter Adjustments link Wes Porter's research at UGA aimed to show what factors have highest influence on plant stand establishment. By Keishon Thomas, Julie Jernigan, Clint Thompson | Published: 3/29/2018
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Upcoming Events
Apr 24 - Apr 26 Developing and Implementing HACCP for the Meat & Poultry Industry Athens, GA - (84.0 miles) This workshop is designed to establish or improve an in-plant HACCP program. It it geared for supervisory-level employees who need to receive HACCP certification. -You MUST register by April 13, 2018. -Cost: $500 - this fee includes workshop materials, lunches, and break refreshments. -Lodging, parking, and evening meals are NOT included. -Please park in the South Campus Parking Deck, which is about a 6 block walk to the Food Science Building; the parking fee is $10/day.
Apr 26 Building Baby's Brains (Session 3) Childcare Professionals Training Watkinsville, GA - (89.0 miles) Interactions with adults are experiences. Experiences are necessary for brain growth. Childcare professionals will learn more about their role in brain development for babies and young children during four 2-hour interactive sessions. This training is provided by a Bright from the Start Approved Entity.
Apr 28 Yes You Can! Canning Workshop Juliette, GA - (123.0 miles) Our workshop will include discussion of proper canning techniques, safety, and a hands-on step by step recipe. Plus, you will bring home a jar of the final product!
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