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Rural Drinking Water Sampling Program

Walworth County Public Health offers a summer program designed to remove those barriers which cause homeowners to avoid regularly testing their private drinking water wells.  While it is recommended that all wells be checked annually, the state estimates suggest that less than a quarter of wells are tested regularly.

The sampling program is designed to last 8-12 weeks and allows homeowners to test their drinking water supplies for coliform bacteria, E. coli, and nitrate. It involves setting up time periods within the jurisdiction where community members may come to pick up a test kit, learn how simple taking a water sample is, return the test kit, and receive feedback on any questions they may have on their water results. There are no regulations mandating that homeowners test the safety of their drinking water annually so participation in the program is voluntary.

Information gathered from programs such as this can be utilized by municipalities to develop land use policies designed to protect your ground and recreational water supplies, understand how ground water impacts the quality of water bodies within your jurisdiction, and help residents to understand the importance of routinely checking the safety of their water supply.

How others use the information gathered in the sampling program:

2014 Geneva Lakes Environmental Agency, George Williams College, and Linn Sanitary District Project


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