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Extension Publications
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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Extension News
  • Andress Honored link Georgia FCS teachers honor leader of UGA's statewide home food processing and preservation program. By Sharon Dowdy | Published: 2/19/2018
  • Flu Prevention link A healthy diet can also protect against the flu. Flu symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat and runny nose. By Sharon Dowdy, Julie Jernigan | Published: 2/15/2018
  • Heart Health link Show your heart some love this Valentine's Day. By Sharon Dowdy, Julie Jernigan, Keishon Thomas | Published: 2/1/2018
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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.
Upcoming Events
  • Feb 21 - Feb 26 Georgia Junior National Livestock Show Georgia Junior National Livestock Show Perry - (158.0 Miles)
  • Feb 23 Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exam Preparatory Class for Category 24 UGA Extension Gwinnett is offering a workshop to help prepare those who are planning to take the Georgia Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exam in Category 24 Ornamental and Turf to pass it. The workshop will cover the ornamental and turf section first, and then the general standards section. We will have informative handouts and a couple of practice exams. Lawrenceville, GA - (59.0 Miles)
  • Feb 23 Small Engine Maintenance and Repair Workshop This program will cover how to properly troubleshoot and maintain common garden and landscape equipment. Participants will be taught the basics of how to tune up equipment, winterize, as well as basic troubleshooting and repair procedures. The program will also go into detail on how to properly sharpen everything from knives to chainsaws. There will be discussion on tools and diagnostic equipment that are essential for repairing and servicing small engines. Bob Westerfield, Extension Horticulturist, and Brian Maddy, Troup County Extension agent, will be the program speakers. Griffin, GA - (108.0 Miles)
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Radon Kits are now available for purchase at Habersham County Extension Office.  The cost is only $10.00.

The canning book "So Easy to Preserve" is currently available for sale at our office. The cost is only $18.00

Office hours are Monday - Friday 8 am to 5 pm closed for lunch 12-1.