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New dates for the Well Water Testing Program

Working with county Farm Bureaus and Heidelberg University National Center for Water Quality Research, a private well water testing program has been initiated by Ohio Farm Bureau. Resources are available to cover the cost of up to 25 samples per county Farm Bureau for the standard nitrate/inorganic analysis. They will be available to members who pre-register with their county organization and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

It is recommended that wells be tested if they are more than 20 years old; were dug rather than drilled; are shallow; soil is sandy; a chemical spill happened nearby; or are near cropland, feedlots, landfills or industrial sites.

The testing kits will be sent to Heidelberg University’s laboratory. Ohio Farm Bureau is paying for the cost of the initial nitrate analysis, which is $25 per sample. Testing for nitrate analysis of additional wells is available at cost. Members can receive additional testing: pesticides for $60 and testing for metals for $75. These fees need to be paid when the water test kits are picked up. Lab results typically take two to three weeks and will be mailed to homeowners.

Due to the expanded role for the lab in stream water quality sampling, our program is being rescheduled to spread samples going to the lab over a long period of time. Dates for Crawford, Marion, Morrow and Richland Counties have been set as:

Pre-Registration : now through Feb. 5, 2018
Sample Kit Pick-up (week of): March 5
Sample Kit Drop-Off Date: March 19

If you haven’t yet registered, and are still interested in the well water testing program, click here, email your county Farm Bureau ([email protected]), or call the Marion office at (740) 251-9513 or the Mansfield office at (800) 327-6055.

“It’s the homeowner’s responsibility to test their well water to ensure its safe,” said Larry Antosch, OFBF’s senior director of policy development and environmental policy. “More than 750,000 households in Ohio depend on their own well, spring or cistern for their drinking water. We want to provide this service for our members so they have an opportunity to see what’s in their water and take any necessary corrective actions.”

This initiative, county private well water testing program, is a component in the 2017 Ohio Farm Bureau Water Quality Action Plan. This is a comprehensive effort to help improve water quality statewide. Other action plan activities include edge-of-field nutrient runoff monitoring and conservation efforts through the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network in northwest Ohio, as well as advocating for legislation that will positively impact the state’s water quality while allowing the business of agriculture to grow.