Virginia Cooperative Extension to Offer Water Quality Testing for Wells, Springs and Cisterns

Monday, June 29, 2015

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — June 29, 2015 — The Virginia Cooperative Extension office is offering water quality testing as part of its Virginia Household Water Quality Program July 27, 28, 29 and August 20 and 27. The goal of the program is to improve the water quality and health of Virginians with wells, springs and cisterns by offering affordable water testing, information for addressing problems and help interpreting water test results.  

Interested participants first attend a meeting, where they receive information and instructions about how to collect water samples and a sampling kit. They will collect samples on a designated day and time, and drop off at the sample collection point. Water is analyzed on the Virginia Tech campus for 14 parameters. Once analysis is complete, results are returned at a final meeting, where water test results are explained, along with information about how to deal with any problems. If participants are unable to attend the interpretation meeting, results will be mailed to them.


Cost of testing is $49 per sample kit and includes testing for: iron, manganese, sulfate, hardness, sodium, cooper, nitrate, arsenic, fluoride pH, total dissolved solids, Coliform bacteria, E.coli bacteria and lead. Check and cash accepted. Make checks payable to VCE - Virginia Beach (return check fee $50). 


To register contact Jill Wright at , 757-385-8316 or 757-385-4769. 

For information about the program, contact Andrea Davis, or Roy Flanagan at 757-385-4769, TDD: (800) 828-1120 or visit


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