8/10/15 — 5:30pm
Private well water testing kits are available from the Hancock Soil & Water Conservation District. According to a release from the district, if your drinking water comes from a private well, you are responsible for your water’s safety. The Hancock Soil & Water District has test kits available until August 17th, and kits must be returned to the district office by August 18th. Results will be mailed to the individuals.
Your well has an increased likelihood of contamination if:
Your well is more than twenty years old
Your well was dug or driven rather than drilled
Your well is shallow
Your soil is sandy
A chemical spill is known to have happened nearby
Your well is near possible sources of contamination such as cropland, feedlots, landfills, and industrial sites (active or abandoned)
And even if your well fits none of these categories, you cannot know the quality of your water without testing. Contaminants may have entered the ground without your knowledge or before you lived at the site.
The test kits available are: Nitrate/Inorganic for $25.00; Pesticide Immunoassay Screens for $60.00 and metals for $75.00. Hancock SWCD will cost-share $5.00 on each test to help reduce the cost of each kit.
For more information, contact the Hancock SWCD office at 419-422-6569.
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