What’s in your water?

Published 3:59 pm Thursday, May 26, 2022

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Did you know that private water supplies like wells and springs are unregulated?

It is the responsibility of the homeowner to regularly test water quality, maintain the water system, and address any problems.

Affordable, confidential water testing and education will be offered through Virginia Cooperative Extension offices in five counties.

Pick up your kit starting May 30 – June 7 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Charlotte County Extension Office and plan to drop off your samples on June 8, 2022 from 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. at the Charlotte County Extension Office.

Participation is voluntary and confidential.

Water samples collected by participating homeowners will be analyzed for 14 parameters, including bacteria, metals, nitrate and hardness at a cost of $60.

Results and water system care and maintenance information will be sent to each participant either by email or mail, and a pre-recorded video or live presentation will be made available to help explain the summary results and recommendations to address problems.

All information is kept strictly confidential.

Please contact the Charlotte County Extension Office at (434) 542-5884 or email jojenki1@vt.edu or brucera3@vt.edu to register.

For more information about the Virginia Household Water Quality Program, as well as many resources relevant to private water systems, please visit www.wellwater.bse.vt.edu.