If you have a well and would like to find out what is in your water, Kane-DuPage Soil and Water Conservation District and Kane County Farm Bureau offer an annual testing program, but you have to act fast.
And it’s important to note, while public water systems are tested regularly, testing private wells is the responsibility of the owner.
Test kits for nitrates, pesticides and metals will be available for purchase from Feb. 22 from March 5, 2021.
A nitrate kit can be purchased for $45 that 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 and Glyphosate.
The glyphosate screen is a special test that will only be offered this year. The metals kits test 23 different metals for $95.
Water test kits are available for purchase at the Kane-DuPage Soil and Water Conservation District office, 2315 Dean St., Suite 100, St. Charles or Kane County Farm Bureau, 2N710 Randall Rd., St. Charles only during the two-week period. Water samples must be collected March 7 and returned March 8, 2021.
Heidelburg University Water Quality Laboratory in Tiffin, OH, will perform the water testing. Results are mailed in four to six weeks directly to participants. All results are confidential and will be reported only to the individual requesting the test.
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 and Kane County Farm Bureau news release