- Last Updated on 06:34 AM 07/22/13
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
In Virginia, ensuring healthy drinking water is the responsibility of the homeowner if your water comes from a drilled well.
The goal of the Virginia Household Water Quality Program offered by Virginia Cooperative Extension Program is to improve the water quality of Virginians with private water supplies, such as wells, springs and cisterns.
Drinking Water Clinics are being held locally to give people with private water systems access to affordable, confidential water testing, help interpreting their water test results, and information about how to care for your water systems, as well as possible treatment options.
A meeting will be held Aug. 13 at the Mary Bethune public meeting conference room (upstairs) in Halifax beginning at 6 p.m. and ending by 8:30 p.m.
Last fall’s meeting in Halifax boasted nearly 70 participants, many of which were able to make sound decisions following their test results to improve the quality of their drinking water.
How does it work?
Participants attend a short, evening kickoff meeting, where they receive information about how to collect water samples from your home along with a sampling kit.
At this meeting, participants will be notified of a date, time, and location where they will drop off water samples a few days later.
At this collection point, the samples will be iced in coolers and taken to the Biological Systems Engineering Water Quality Lab at Virginia Tech for analysis. Samples are tested for iron, manganese, nitrate, lead, arsenic, fluoride, sulfate, pH, total dissolved solids, hardness, sodium, copper, total coliform bacteria and E. Coli bacteria.
The analysis and creating the water test reports takes about four weeks. Once the analysis is complete, an interpretation meeting is held to distribute the results to each participant.
The cost is $5 which covers the cost of one sampling kit. The analysis provided would normally cost more than $200 at a commercial water-testing laboratory.
In addition to the meeting in Halifax, other meetings will be held at the following locations:
• In Lunenburg and Charlotte counties on Aug. 5 at Southside Virginia Community College, John H. Daniel –Keysville Campus, 200 Daniel Road, Keysville, starting at 6 p.m. at the Work Force Building.
• In Mecklenburg County on Aug. 6 at South Hill Town Office, 211 Mecklenburg Avenue, South Hill, starting at 6 p.m.
Registration is required, and space is limited.