The Kane-DuPage Soil and Water Conservation District is promoting groundwater safety by sponsoring a testing program for nitrates, various pesticides and metals in private-well water.
A $45 test kit checks water samples for nitrate, nitrite, ammonia, chloride, sulfate, soluble phosphorus, silica and specific conductivity.
A pesticide screen for $80 will indicate the presence of triazine herbicides and Lasso, Dual or Harness. The metals test is $95 and tests for 23 metals.
Water test kits are available from Feb. 24 through March 6 at the Soil and Water Conservation District, 2315 Dean St., Suite 100, St. Charles or Kane County Farm Bureau, 2N710 Randall Road, St. Charles. Kits must be purchased upon pick-up.
Water samples must be returned March 9, 2020.
Heidelburg College Water Quality Laboratory in Tiffin, OH, will perform the water testing. Results are mailed directly to participants in four to six weeks. All results are confidential.
If you have further questions about the program, call the Soil & Water District office at 630-584-7960, Ext. 3.
SOURCE: Kane-DuPage Soil and Water Conservation District news release