Free Well Water Sample Program Ending

The free water sampling program offered by the West Central Public Health Partnership to private well owners in a six-county area including counties in the Uncompahgre River Watershed ended December 31, 2019. Sampling kits will no longer be sent to well owners.

The CDC grant-funded well testing program met its goal of 1,000 samples over the five-year life of the grant, with a total of 1,080 sample requests and 909 sample results as of early December. The Delta County Environmental Health Office is going through the latest data for QC and will post all the results on an online map in 2020.

There are over 170 sample kits that were sent to participants who have not returned them. All kits must be returned by April 1, 2020. Any of these kits sent to the National Testing Laboratory after the CDC Grant has ended, 9/30/2020, will be sent an invoice for $160 for the sample.

“We really want to get all these samples and kits returned to the lab before the grant ends. We will be calling and sending out reminders and asking for help to get the samples,” explained Kenneth Nordstrom, Delta County Director of Environmental Health.

Please note: the state of Colorado offers well testing. Information is available from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Ouray County also has information about private wells.