March 08, 2011

News Release

For Immediate Release

Ensure Ground Water Safety: Test Your Well

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, you should also schedule an annual well water test. Annual testing on well water can protect your health by ensuring water quality and can also 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. "Ground water is essential to the health and well being of many people," says Sharon Smith, Laboratory Scientist for the Springfield-Greene County Health Department. It is recommended that well owners have annual well water testing and practice the following prevention techniques:

Water Testing Services

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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