Free private well testing in April, May

Greene County is providing an opportunity for private well owners and tenants in the county to have well water tested for certain forms of bacteria, nitrite/nitrate and arsenic.

Through the Iowa Private Well Program, the county sanitarian will collect water samples at private homes at no charge.  During the months of April and May, he may also ask for permission to collect an additional sample to test for other specified contaminants in your water.

Water samples from private wells will be sent to the State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa for testing. Results will be sent to residents  by the county sanitarian.

Well water that is safe for consumption, as well as many other uses, is important for the health of many Iowans. This testing program is part of a study at the University of Iowa and an excellent chance for well owners in Greene County to learn more about the quality of water in their wells.

Persons who want more information can contact county sanitarian Chuck Wenthold at 515-386-5669 or cwenthold [at] co [dot] greene [dot] ia [dot] us.

Additional information about the Iowa Private Well Program is available online at iowawell.org or by contacting the State Hygienic Laboratory at 319-467-4503 or shl-gtc [at] uiowa [dot] edu.

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