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Up to 50 private well owners can receive a 50-percent discount on drinking water quality tests
Dan Hendershott, Environmental Health Manager: 970-668-4073
SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County Public Health announced the launch of the 50x50 Spring Sipping Special, offering private well owners a 50-percent discount on water quality testing this spring. For just $20, the Environmental Health Department will test up to 50 well-water samples for coliform bacteria and nitrates to help determine if well water is safe to drink.
"As spring temperatures creep up, well owners want to be sure there's nothing creeping into their drinking water supply," Environmental Health Manager Dan Hendershott said. "Through the 50x50 Spring Sipping Special, we're offering a very easy, affordable way to know what's coming out of your faucet."
During the spring melt, improperly sealed wellheads are at risk for contamination from surface water runoff. Contaminants such as pathogenic bacteria and nitrates can find their way into well water, potentially causing illness for those who consume it. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires frequent water quality testing by municipal public water suppliers, but testing private well water for safety is the homeowner’s responsibility. EPA recommends that well owners test their water annually.
For a limited time, the Summit County Environmental Health Department will test private well water for coliform bacteria and nitrates for just $20. The usual testing fee is $41. Interested well owners can stop by Summit County Environmental Health, 0037 Peak One Dr., Frisco, in the Summit County Commons, to pick up a discounted sample bottle, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Sample bottles will also be available at the 9Health Fair on April 6 at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge. The 50x50 Spring Sipping Special is first-come, first-served, with the discount available only to the first 50 water samples Summit County receives.
Water samples can be dropped off for testing at Summit County Environmental Health from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Wednesday. Environmental Health specialists process samples Monday-Wednesday of each week. Well owners should collect and submit samples on the same day.
"Clean, safe drinking water is a key contributor to our overall health," Hendershott said. "If you have a well, it's important to get your water tested each year. We hope people take advantage of 50x50 Spring Sipping to save a little money and, more importantly, better understand your water quality."
If tests find that a well owner's water contains coliform bacteria or nitrates, Summit County Environmental Health specialists can help determine appropriate actions to remove contaminants and improve water quality.
If you have questions about water quality testing for private wells, contact the Summit County Environmental Health Department at 970-668-4070, or visit www.SummitCountyCO.gov/DrinkingWater.