Well Water Testing

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In an effort to obtain a greater understanding of the ground water quality in our region, GSWA is continuing our discounted-rate well water testing program for area residents this March and expanding it to include lead testing for homes supplied by public water. The program began in 2014, with 37 participants and continued in 2015 with over 40 participants. In exchange for discounted rates, homeowners agree to let GSWA analyze the outcomes of their tests and create a database of results. The two most common exceedances that we found each year were lead and copper. Although they both can lead to serious health issues and need to be addressed, they are most likely caused by pipes and plumbing fixtures—and thus not an indicator of groundwater issues.

2017 Private Well Testing: The test measures several water quality parameters, including total coliform + E. coli, nitrates, manganese, iron, arsenic, and lead. Anyone with a private well who is interested in taking advantage of this well testing program may pick up a kit from the Harding Township Kemmerer Library during business hours between March 1 and March 21. All participants will be required to make a $10 deposit when they pick up their self-guided water sampling kit. The supplied kit must be used to sample well water at home on the morning of Wednesday, March 22. All samples must be returned to the Kemmerer Library between 8 a.m. and noon the same day. (Note: Water samples that do not follow specific timetable requirements may not return reliable test results.) The cost for the basic, multi-parameter test is $125 (this test would normally cost over $300). Test add-ons may be purchased for an additional charge. This test cannot be used to satisfy the requirements of a real estate transaction.

2017 Public Water Testing: Residents who are concerned with the presence of lead or copper in their pipes can opt to test their water. The lead test costs $30 and the copper is an additional $20. Participants may pick up a kit from the Harding Township Kemmerer Library during business hours between March 1 and March 21. All participants will be required to make a $10 deposit when they pick up their self-guided water sampling kit. Make sure you indicate to the librarian that you want the LEAD KIT or they will give you the private well testing kit. The supplied kit must be used to sample your water at home on the morning of Tuesday, March 22. All samples must be returned to the Kemmerer Library between 8 a.m. and noon the same day. (Note: Water samples that do not follow specific timetable requirements may not return reliable test results.)

Please reach out to Kelly Martin, kmartin@greatswamp.org, 973-538-3500, if you have any questions.