Farm Bureau members throughout Ohio can get free nitrate testing of their well water.
Adams, Brown, Clermont and Highland Farm Bureaus will receive 25 testing kits each from Ohio Farm Bureau. They will be available to members who pre-register with their county organization by Feb. 12. Kits are limited to 25 per county and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The testing kits will be sent to Heidelberg University’s National Center for Water Quality Research for nitrate analysis. Ohio Farm Bureau is paying for the cost of the nitrate analysis, which is $25 per sample. Testing for pesticides and metals is available at an additional cost.
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.
Kits will be available for pickup the week of March 12 and samples need to be return by March 26 for the above counties, both at the county Farm Bureau office in Georgetown. Lab results typically take two to three weeks and will be mailed to homeowners.
To pre-register, contact your county Farm Bureau at 937-378-2212.
*This initiative is a part of Ohio Farm Bureau’s Water Quality Action Plan, a comprehensive effort to help improve water quality statewide.