Well water should be tested regularly
The SOAR community health board is hosting a well water testing event in River Hebert.
RIVER HEBERT ‚Äď The SOAR Community Health Board is again providing area residents with the opportunity to have their well water tested.
The campaign focuses on residents living in rural communities and encourages them to have their home‚Äôs water tested regularly.
While well water may look and taste fine, community health boards co-ordinator Colleen Dowe said harmful bacteria or chemicals may still be present.
‚ÄúThere are a number of potential threats to well water including sea water intrusion, the presence of petroleum products, de-icing salt or pesticides and possible contamination from sewage disposal systems, animal waste or landfills,‚ÄĚ Dowe said. ‚ÄúWater should be tested for the presence of bacteria every six months and chemical testing should be done every one to two years.‚ÄĚ
The Springhill, Oxford, Amherst and Region board is holding a collection event on June 3 at the River Hebert Medical Clinic from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Dayle Wilson at 545-2817.
Anyone wishing to have their well water tested for this event should pick up a sample bottle and instruction sheet at the clinic in River Hebert or the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, collect the sample according to the directions (water must be collected after 12 p.m. on June 3) and immediately drop the sample off at the clinic.
The fee is $25.
The health board will transport the sample and the fee collected to the regional hospital, from where tests will be forwarded to NSAC in Truro. Confidential test results will be sent back to residents.
Because the testing takes place in Truro, Dowe said it‚Äôs important for participants to follow the directions closely.
Water test kits can be picked up and dropped off throughout the year at the hospital‚Äôs business office.