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Virginia Cooperative Extension- Loudoun

Posted on: September 22, 2023

VCE Loudoun Offers Reduced Cost Water Testing for Wells, Cisterns, Springs

VCE Loudoun Program Announcement

Do you have a well, cistern, or spring? Did you know that it is your responsibility to test your water to ensure that it is safe to drink for your family?

Registration for VCE Loudoun’s reduced cost water testing program is open this fall. The number of sample kits available is limited, so the earlier you sign up, the better. 

The Virginia Household Water Quality Testing program provides water testing for wells, cisterns, or springs, and it aids with understanding test results and information about addressing problems.

Our program tests for the following 14 water quality parameters: Iron, manganese, nitrate, lead, arsenic, fluoride, sulfate, pH, total dissolved solids, hardness, sodium, copper, total coliform bacteria and E. coli bacteria.

A water testing kit costs $65. A comparable analysis at a private commercial lab would cost more than $300.

Please note that financial support is available for individuals/families who may need assistance covering this cost. Please e-mail us if you are interested in a need-based scholarship.

How Does the Program Work?

  • Register and pay for your sample kit(s) here.
  • Monday, October 16, 2023, at 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Pick up your sample kit at the VCE Loudoun office, 750 Miller Drive SE, Suite 161, Leesburg.
  • Wednesday, October 18, 2023, at 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: Collect samples at your home and drop them off outside our office located at 750 Miller Dr. SE, Suite 161, Leesburg, VA 20175 (Drive-thru drop- off).

Samples are then analyzed at Virginia Tech’s Research Lab. You will receive your confidential results, an explanation of what they mean, and information about addressing any problems via email about six weeks after the sample drop off.

If you’re unable to participate in our fall water testing program, you can sign up for our spring waitlist here.

If you have any questions, please email Stuart Vermaak.

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