Town urges well water testing

drinking waterNearly 8,000 homes in Greenwich rely on private wells for drinking water and the Greenwich Department of Health Laboratory is urging residents to perform annual well water analysis with a special $42 per test promotion in effect now through the end of September.

The offer is being made possible in part through a state grant. Water samples will be analyzed for coliform bacteria, pH, color, turbidity and odor — a basic potability screen — to ensure the water is safe to drink.

The town lab’s director, Doug Serafin, stated in a press release, “This is a great opportunity for residents to test their well water supply at more than a reasonable price. Well water should be tested at least once a year or any time there is a change in taste, odor, appearance or after the water system has been serviced by a licensed well driller. Heavy rains can also make it important to check wells for contamination, since runoff can get into the water supply.”

For more information about this special program call the Department of Health Laboratory at 203-622-7843.

Well water testing kits and instructions on collection methods are available at the laboratory Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The laboratory is located on the ground floor at Town Hall.

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