The West Central Public Health Partnership is offering free well water samples to well owners in Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel counties. According to the application, homeowners whose primary source of drinking water is a private well and who volunteer for the free water testing sample are welcome to apply for a free well or spring water test. A sampling kit with instructions for sampling will be sent to you to collect the water sample. You will then send the sample to the National Testing Laboratories, LTD for water analysis.
The sample will be tested for the following: bacteria (Total Coliform and E. Coli), 22 heavy metals and minerals (including lead, arsenic, and mercury), 7 inorganic chemicals (including nitrates and chloride), 5 physical factors (including pH, alkalinity, and hardness), 47 volatile organic chemicals (including MTBE, PCE, PCE) and 20 pesticides, herbicides and PCBs (including Dieldrin, Atrazine, Heptachlor).
For this project to succeed, the West Central Public Health Partnership will ask for your permission to receive a copy of your test results and to be able to use the sample results for analysis and publication. Personal identifiers and the exact location of the well samples will be removed from any public report of the water sample results. You will be sent a copy of the sample results from your well. If concerns are noted, information will be available to eliminate or minimize hazards associated with your water.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Kenneth Nordstrom, director of the Delta County Health Department, for more information.
Phone: (970) 874 - 2169
Sample Kit Application