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Town Partners with Thriving Earth Exchange Scientists to Assist in Uranium Efforts

Post Date:02/10/2020 9:03 AM

The Town has formally partnered with the Thriving Earth Exchange program as part of its ongoing efforts to address naturally occurring uranium in well water in the Glastonbury community.  A leader in contributing to global well-being, Thriving Earth Exchange has a mission of strengthening and enhancing collaboration among communities, scientists, and partner organizations so that all communities can build healthy, resilient, thriving, just, and ecologically responsible futures.  Through this partnership, several scientists with subject matter expertise will be working with Glastonbury officials to better understand the patterns and levels of uranium in town, and develop next steps to address this local well water challenge.  During recent conversations, one of the scientists connected Glastonbury staff with Wake County, NC officials, who first discovered elevated uranium levels in their well water in 2010.  Over the coming months, the Town will work closely with the Thriving Earth Exchange project team and Wake County officials to better understand the current conditions in Glastonbury and to develop an action plan. 

These partnership efforts are one of many steps the Town of Glastonbury has taken to address uranium concerns in the community.  In February 2019, a homeowner in town shared well water test results with the Glastonbury Health Department, which indicated elevated levels of uranium.  Since that time, the Town has made a concerted effort to support and assist property owners by providing complimentary well water testing, informational resources, and public education forums.  Through a collaboration with the CT Department of Public Health, nearly 600 well water samples have been collected and tested to date, and two neighborhoods of interest were identified in the community.  Residents are reminded to share the results of their uranium in water tests with the Health Department if they have not already done so.  Test results over time of untreated water provide valuable information that will be helpful.  The scientists contracted through the Thriving Earth Exchange program will be focusing their research and analysis on these areas of interest and reporting back to the Town with their findings.  Information collected through these efforts, as well as resources and experience gleaned through conversations with Wake County, will help shape future Town action.   Information will be released to the public as it becomes available.

Residents can stay apprised of these efforts by visiting www.glastonbury-ct.gov/uranium or subscribing to the Town’s eNotification system.  To subscribe, visit www.glastonbury-ct.gov/enotify and sign up or update your email preferences to include the “Well Water” category under the News heading.

Questions regarding these efforts should be directed to the Glastonbury Health Department at (860)-652-7534.

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