March 08, 2010

News Release

For Immediate Release

National Groundwater Awareness Week: March 7-13

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department would like to remind you that it is time to schedule your annual well water test!

Just as you check your furnace or smoke detector batteries seasonally, spring is a good season to have an annual water test done before the peak water use season begins, according to the National Ground Water Association (NGWA). Annual testing on well water ensures quality water and can prolong the life of your well and related equipment.

Schedule your annual water test

Wells can provide high-quality drinking water with the proper maintenance and prevention, including water testing. Sharon Smith, Laboratory Scientist for the Springfield-Greene County Health Department recommends that well owners have annual well water testing and practice the following prevention techniques:

Water Testing Services

Smith states that the Springfield-Greene County Health Department provides kits for water testing. Please call the lab at 417-864-1673 for a kit and directions on properly collecting a water sample. Only samples collected in a testing kit from the lab can be analyzed. Water samples may be dropped off to the lab at the health department located at 227 E. Chestnut Expressway Monday – Wednesday between 8am – 5pm and Thursday from 8:00 am – 3:30 pm. Water testing fees are $5.00 for iron, sulfate, chlorine, hardness, and nitrate/nitrogen. Standard bacteria tests are $10.00. For more information on water testing, please visit www.springfieldmo.gov/health/waterlab.html or call 417-864-1673.

Protect your valuable resource and have your water tested!

For more information contact Katie Towns-Jeter MPH, Public Information Administrator, 417-874-1205.

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