County offers free testing for private well water

Jefferson County is providing an opportunity for private well owners and tenants in the county to have well water tested for certain forms of bacteria, nitrite/nitrate and arsenic.

Through the Iowa Private Well Program, a county sanitarian will come to residents? homes to collect water samples free of charge. The county sanitarian may also ask for permission to collect an additional sample to determine if any other harmful chemicals may be present in their water.

Water samples from one?s well will be sent to the State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa for testing. Results will be sent to homeowners or tenants by the county sanitarian.

?Well water that is safe for consumption and other uses is important for the health of many Iowans,? stated a news release from Dan Miller, Jefferson County Environmental Health director.

For more information about the program, contact the county?s environmental health department at 472-2561.

The State Hygienic Laboratory is Iowa?s environmental and public health laboratory, serving Iowans in all 99 counties.