VAN WERT — The Van Wert SWCD has partnered with Heidelberg University’s National Center for Water Quality Research to offer residents the opportunity to have their well water tested.

Anyone whose drinking water comes from a private well is responsible for his/her water’s safety. For anyone who has never had his/her water supply tested, it is always a good idea to educate themselves on what is present in the drinking water and also provide themselves with some baseline information in the event there are changes in the future that may impact the quality of their water supply.

A well has an increased likelihood of contamination if:

• The well is more than 20 years old

• The well was dug or driven rather than drilled

• The well is shallow

• The soil is sandy

• A chemical spill is known to have happened nearby

• The well is near possible sources of contamination, such as: cropland, feedlots, landfills, industrial sites, active or abandoned

Even if a well fits none of these categories, no one can know the quality of their water without testing.

Contaminants may have entered the ground without the homeowner’s knowledge or before they have lived at the site.

The following are the tests and pricing available:

Nitrate/Inorganic Suite - $25

Includes nitrate, nitrite, ammonia, chloride, sulfate, fluoride, soluble phosphorus, silica, and conductivity

Pesticide Immunoassay Screen - $60

Detects major herbicides such as atrazine (Aatrex), simazine (Princep), alachlor (Lasso), metolachlor (Dual), and acetochlor (Harness)

Metals by ICP /MS - $75

Includes antimony, arsenic, barium, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, lead, selenium, aluminum, copper, iron, manganese. zinc, nickel, sodium, calcium, strontium, cobalt, magnesium, potassium, silica, and vanadium

The test kits will be for sale Monday, Oct. 6 - through Friday, Oct. 17. The samples need returned to the Van Wert SWCD, 1185 Professional Drive, Van Wert on Monday, Oct. 20.

Participants can expect their confidential results back in two-four weeks from Heidelberg University.