Portage County to host free nitrate screening event
For the City Times
PORTAGE COUNTY – Portage County staff will offer a free nitrate screening event on April 6 at the Grant Town Hall, for those residents with private wells in and around the town of Grant.
“Most residents living in rural areas rely on private wells to supply their drinking water needs. While public and municipal wells are regulated to ensure that water quality meets current drinking water standards, private well owners must assume the responsibility of testing and treating water to ensure that it is safe to drink,” a release from Portage County Water Resource Specialist Jen McNelly stated.
“While most of the wells in Wisconsin produce safe drinking water, about 24 percent of wells in Portage County exceed the safe drinking water standard for nitrate-nitrogen. Nitrate-nitrogen is one of the most common groundwater pollutants in Portage County. There are a number of potential health risks associated with elevated nitrate-nitrogen levels in drinking water for anyone, but it can be especially dangerous for unborn children and infants younger than six months. While water may look clean and taste good, the only way to know that it is safe to drink is to have it tested.
“This screening is an opportunity for area residents, particularly those who may never have had their water tested, to learn more about nitrate-nitrogen levels in their drinking water. The screening is not a lab-certified test but rather a preliminary test that provides an estimate of the nitrate-nitrogen present in the water sample.
Private well owners should collect a sample of water from their well and bring it to the Grant Town Hall, 9011 County Rd WW, Wisconsin Rapids, on April 6, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
“Well owners are invited to drop their samples off in a cooler at the Town Hall. Samples should be in a clean container (containers will not be returned) labeled with the well owners name and address and/or email address,” the release added.
Samples will be screened by the Portage County Water Resources Specialist and results will be mailed directly to the well owner.
For more information, contact Jen McNelly at 715-346-1334 or email@example.com.