STEPHENSON COUNTY (WIFR) -- The Stephenson Soil and Water Conservation District is sponsoring a Well Water Testing Program August 18 through August 26, 2014.
The program, which tests drinking and well water for nitrates, certain pesticides, and 22 different heavy metals, has been organized as a drive to keep costs down.
Kits will be sold from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., August 18 through August 25, at the SWCD office, 1620 S. Galena Avenue. Participants are asked to take water samples as close to August 26th as possible and return the kits to the District office by 3 p.m., August 26. The water samples for all tests will be immediately shipped to the laboratory.
Prices will vary, depending on the type of test ordered. Any test or combination of tests may be ordered. As in past years a Farm Bureau Discount will be given to any Farm Bureau member from Stephenson County. Member card will need to be presented when purchasing kits.
A confidential report of the results will be mailed directly to the home or farm owner within four to six weeks.
PurTest® Bacteria self testing kit is available from the District for $15.00. This is not part of the regular testing kits.
For more information, call the SWCD office at 235-2161, ext. 3, or stop by the District office.