Spring is a Good Time to Test Well Water

Spring is a Good Time to Test Well Water

Registration Opens April 3, 2017

Groundwater is vital to all of us living in Wisconsin. This time of year is especially critical for individuals who rely on well water or a private well for their drinking water supply. Because recharge during this time can occur rapidly, bacterial contamination of wells often occurs during these periods of the year. This is especially true for wells located in karst regions, areas where soil layers are thin or absent and bedrock is highly fractured. Some well owners may actually notice their well water change appearance order after large rain events or snowmelts.

Coliform bacteria tests are an easy way to determine whether your water supply is bacteriologically safe to drink. This test is used as an indication of the sanitary condition of a water supply. Well owners should be testing their well water annually for coliform bacteria, or any time there is a sudden chance in color, odor, or taste.

Kewaunee County Land and Water Conservation department is taking registrations for well water testing beginning Monday, April 3. Different options are available to choose from for well testing:

  1. Homeowner’s Package: $49.00 per well, and tests include bacteria, nitrate, alkalinity, chloride, conductivity, corrosivity index, hardness, and pH.

 

  1. Metals Package: $49.00 per well and tests for arsenic, calcium, copper, iron, lead, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sulfate, sodium, and zinc.

 

  1. Diaminochlorotriazine (DACT): $27.00 – A breakdown or atrazine and related herbicides.

 

  1. All Three Packages: $117.00

 

Program Limited to 150 Well Samples: First Come – First Served Basis!

Any interested private well owner can mail or drop off a check for the appropriate amount to the Kewaunee County Land and Water Conservation Department, 625 Third Street, Luxemburg, WI, 54217.

Please include phone number, package you are registering for, and an email address for future notices.

For any questions, please contact:

Davina Bonness
Kewaunee County Land & Water Conservation Department
920-845-9743

bonnessd@kewauneeco.org