Lower Valley Groundwater Citizens Group Extends Free Private Well Testing Offer

Yakima – Lower Yakima Valley residents who are served by a private or shared well still have time to request free nitrate and coliform tests for their well. The deadline for the free tests, offered by the Yakima Health District in partnership with the Lower Yakima Valley Groundwater Advisory Committee (GWAC), has been extended to Friday, May 30, 2014, to ensure all those interested have an opportunity to participate.

To qualify, households must be served by a private or shared well within the Lower Yakima Valley Groundwater Management Area (GWMA) boundaries 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 participate in this limited time offer, please call the Yakima Health District Help Desk at 509-249-6508 to schedule an appointment. Any concerns found related to water quality, sample results or the site survey will be explained to those who participate. Sample results are expected to be completed and available by June of 2014.

To learn more about the GWAC or to view the GWMA boundaries, please visit: http://www.yakimacounty.us/gwma/.