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Douglas County offers reduced-cost well testing

Douglas County Land Conservation and Health Departments are offering well water testing at a reduced cost to the first 100 people who respond to this opportunity.

The cost is reduced to $20 from the usual $100 through a Groundwater Education Program grant.

Participants will receive metals testing, inorganic testing, bacteria testing, a comprehensive report of their water quality and safety, information on protecting their drinking water supply and information on assistance for proper well-abandonment. Sample results will be used to develop a regional water quality database for the county.

"This is a unique opportunity for residents who rely on private wells for their drinking water, to have the tests conducted at this greatly reduced cost," said Land Conservationist Christine Ostern. "But because the reduction will only apply for the first 100 people requesting the test, it is important to register now."

Anyone interested should contact Douglas County Land Conservation and Zoning Office at (715) 395-1380 to register.

An information session is planned for 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Solon Springs Community Center, at which time the testing bottles will be distributed and the $20 will be collected. Bring a check or cash. Water samples are to be collected by the individual participants on Feb. 5 and delivered the same day from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Solon Springs Community Center or 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room 206 of the Douglas County Courthouse.

Once all test results have been provided to the individual participants, an educational session will be scheduled for those who want to learn more about their drinking water results.

Anyone who wishes to participate but is unable to attend the session Wednesday, or who would like more information, is encouraged to call the Land Conservation and Zoning Office.