What’s in your water?

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By Travis Bunn
Virginia Cooperative
Extension
Patrick County

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 the Patrick County Extension office. Pick up your kits at the Water Clinic Program on May 1 at the Patrick Henry Community College, Community Room, and plan to drop off your samples on May 3 at the USDA Service Center (behind BB&T Bank in Stuart) from 7:30 a.m. until 9 a.m.

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 $55.

Results and water system care and maintenance information will be shared at an information meeting on June 5.

All information is kept strictly confidential and results are reported only to the homeowner. Please contact Travis Bunn with the Patrick County Extension office at (276) 694-3341 or tbunn@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.