Virginia Cooperative Extension offices offer water quality tests to local residents
Affordable, confidential water testing and education will be offered through Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) offices in Frederick, Clarke, Page, Shenandoah, and Warren Counties. You can hear the details for who, why and how the tests will be offered here: https://theriver953.com/podcast/water-testing-clinics/
Many water supplies like wells and springs are unregulated so it is the responsibility of the homeowner to regularly test water quality, maintain the water system and address any problems.
Water samples collected by participating homeowners will be analyzed for 14 parameters, including bacteria, metals, nitrate, and hardness at a cost of $60 per sample kit. A limited number of scholarships are available upon request.
A live presentation will be held to explain the proper way to collect water samples and to answer any questions participants may have.
Results, along with water system care and maintenance information, will be sent to each participant either by email or mail. A “results meeting” for all counties will be held Monday, Dec, 7 at 6:30 p.m., via Zoom, to help explain the summary results and the recommendations to address problems.
For more information about the Virginia Household Water Quality Program, as well as many resources relevant to private water systems, visit www.wellwater.bse.vt.edu.
Registration and payment are required by Oct. 14 and can be done online or by mail. Contact your local VCE office for a mail-in registration form.
- Clarke County: 540-955-5164
- Frederick County: 540-665-5699
- Page County: 540-778-5794
- Shenandoah County: 540-459-6140
- Warren County: 540-635-4549
To register online, visit https://tinyurl.com/NorthernShenandoahWelltest2020.
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