STANTON — Free nitrate/nitrite water testing will be offered at the Montcalm Conservation District’s spring tree sale on Friday, April 26, at the Road Commission for Montcalm County in Stanton.
Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program technicians will be providing free testing for private wells (no type II-III wells, or municipal water). All members of the public are encouraged to participate.
To participate stop by the Montcalm County Conservation District office in Stanton or visit www.michigan.gov/waterstewardship online for general information and sampling forms. This form should accompany your sample. When drawing samples, any clean glass/plastic bottle will work, or bottles can be picked up at the Mid-Michigan District Health Department in Stanton.
Take samples from non-treated water faucets after running the water for 20 to 30 minutes to ensure fresh water from the well. One ounce is enough to sample. Hoses or kitchen faucets may have contaminants which may alter tests. Samples should be collected just prior to testing (less than 48 hours) and kept relatively protected from light sources.
All results are confidential, and will be mailed back from in 8 to 10 weeks with instructions if levels are too high. Due to limited supplies, only the first 50 samples will be tested.
This program is sponsored by local conservation districts, the MAEAP Water Stewardship Program and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. It is funded through the Michigan Groundwater and Freshwater Protection Act, the MDARD and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.