Well Water Testing Kits Available

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.

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