Have Your Drinking Water Tested

The following announcement comes from Virginia Cooperative Extension. Please contact them with any questions.

Meetings begin on November 1 (Shenandoah, Page, and Warren Counties) and November 7 (Frederick and Clarke). Details below.


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Virginia Cooperative Extension is offering Northern Shenandoah Valley residents the opportunity to have their water tested in November for 14 common contaminants.  The Drinking Water Clinics give people with private water systems access to affordable water testing, help interpreting their water test results, and information about possible treatment options.  Space is limited and pre-registration is required.  

At a brief informational meeting, participants pick up a sample kit and get instructions on collecting a household water sample.  Participants collect a sample from their tap at home, complete a short questionnaire, and drop off their sample at the designated location and time.  Aboutfour weeks later, participants attend a follow-up meeting to get their confidential test results, an explanation of what the numbers mean, and information on how to handle any problems that are present.

The water testing covers 14 common contaminants, including Iron, Manganese, Sulfate, Hardness, Sodium, Copper, Nitrate, Arsenic, Fluoride, pH, Total Dissolved Solids, Coliform Bacteria, E. Coli Bacteria, and Lead.  The cost for the sample analysis is $40/$20*, which is due with pre-registration or at the kick-off meeting where participants receive their sample kit.  Please make checks payable to Treasurer, Virginia Tech.  (*The first 60 Page County residents will pay $20 for one sample kit thanks to funding from the Page County Water Quality Advisory Committee; limit one per household.  Additional participants and/or additional samples in a household will pay $40 per sample.)

For more information about the Drinking Water Clinics, call your local office of Virginia Cooperative Extension at the number below or visit the following link for a copy of the flyer:  http://offices.ext.vt.edu/clarke/whats-new/2016-drinking-water-flyer.pdf

 

VCE – Clarke County 540-955-5164
VCE – Frederick County 540-665-5699
VCE – Page County 540-778-5794
VCE – Shenandoah County 540-459-6140
VCE – Warren County 540-635-4549

Please share this information with anyone you think might be interested.  Feel free to contact us with any questions!

 

Karen Lynn Poff, MPA, AFC®

Senior Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences, Family Financial Management

Housed in Warren County, Serving the Northern Shenandoah Valley

 

Mark Sutphin

Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Horticulture

Housed in Frederick County, Serving the Northern Shenandoah Valley

 

Corey Childs

Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Animal Science

Housed in Warren County, Serving the Northern Shenandoah Valley

 

Bobby Clark

Senior Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Crops and Soil Science

Housed in Shenandoah County, Serving the Northern Shenandoah Valley

 

Rebecca Davis

Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences, Food, Nutrition, and Health

Housed in Frederick County, Serving the Northern Shenandoah Valley

 

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Mark Sutphin by calling (540) 665-5699* to discuss accommodations at least 5 days prior to the event.  *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.

 

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