Environmental scientists from Virginia Tech and UNC Chapel Hill are offering free well water testing from Feb. 20 to 27 to any resident or business using a private well. According to a press release from the scientists, the samples will be analyzed for metals such as lead, copper, arsenic and chromium. Anyone in and near Iredell County can request testing, and you do not have to live in the communities where pick up locations are available. However, limited number of kits are available, so they will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Detailed sampling instructions will be provided. Confidential water quality results will be mailed to residents’ homes.
The sampling is similar to that conducted in Robeson County after Hurricane Florence.
Here is the schedule:
WHERE TO PICK UP SAMPLING BOTTLES
Feb. 20-27, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.: Iredell County Health Department, 318 Turnersburg Hwy, Statesville
Mooresville: Government Center South, 610 E. Center Ave.
Statesville: Building Standards Division, 349 N. Center St.
Feb. 27, 5-7:30 p.m.: Rocky Mount United Methodist Church, 1739 Perth Road, Mooresville
WHERE AND WHEN TO RETURN SAMPLES FOR ANALYSIS
All samples must be returned on Thursday, Feb. 28, 6-9 a.m., at Rocky Mount United Methodist Church