7/28/14 12:38 p.m.
If your drinking water comes from a private well, you are responsible for your water’s safety. To aid in this, the Hancock Soil and Water Conservation District will sponsor a private well water testing program.
Jean Derr, program director for the Hancock SWCD, said the test is for the owners’ safety.
Audio: Jean Derr
Test kits will be available at the Hancock SWCD from August 7 to 18th and will need to be returned by August 19th to be sent for testing at Heidelberg University.
Test kits are available for nitrate and inorganic for $25, pesticide immunoassay for $60 and metals for $75. The Hancock SWCD will cost-share $5 on each kit.
The Hancock SWCD recommends your well be tested if it is more than 20 years old; was dug rather than drilled; is shallow; soil is sandy; a chemical spill happened nearby; or is near cropland, feedlots, landfills, industrial sites as they are possible sources of contamination.