Free well testing available to Lower Valley neighbors

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LOWER VALLEY GROUNDWATER CITIZENS GROUP NEWS RELEASE -- The Lower Yakima Valley Groundwater Advisory Committee (GWAC) in partnership with the Yakima Health District is offering free nitrate and coliform tests to private and shared wells as part of an ongoing effort to help residents in the Lower Yakima Valley learn more about the water quality and impact to public health of the area's drinking water.

To participate, households must be served by a private or shared well within the Lower Yakima Valley Groundwater Management Area (GWMA) and be willing to take part in a well assessment survey.

An environmental health specialist from the Yakima Health District will complete both the well assessment survey and take the samples from the wells.

The visit will take about 30 minutes at most, and all of the information, including well water test results, will be made available to the households.

The information collected will help the GWAC understand the conditions that exist around the wells and how to best help the residents. The survey is not intended to collect personal data for any other purpose.

To learn more about the program and to set up an appointment to participate, please call the Yakima Health District Help Desk at 509-249-6508.

Appointments can be scheduled right now. Any concerns about water quality, sample results or the site survey will be explained to the participants, with sample results expected to be completed by March.