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. Confidential water testing and education will be offered through the Patrick County Extension office.
Pick up your test kits on Thursday, March 10, from 9 a.m. till 4 p.m. at the Extension office, third floor of the Patrick County Administration building, and plan to drop off your samples between 8 and 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 16 at the Stuart Farmer’s Market, following physical distancing measures. Participation is voluntary and confidential. Water samples collected by participating homeowners will be analyzed for 14 parameters, including bacteria, metals, nitrate and hardness. This year we are able to offer this test for free to the first 50 county residents who register. The normal fee for this testing is $60. Free tests are limited to one per Patrick County household. Results and water system care and maintenance information will be sent to each participant either by email or mail, and a pre-recorded or live video presentation will be made available to help explain the summary results and recommendations to address problems. All information is kept strictly confidential. Please contact Christian Taylor at 694-3341 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register! Space is limited.
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.