Do You Know What’s in Your Drinking Water? If you would like to gain peace of mind concerning the quality of your well water, here is your chance. Thanks to the Virginia Household Water Quality Program (VAHWQP) at Virginia Tech, there is an excellent upcoming opportunity for residents of Goochland and Powhatan to have their water supply tested for a very reasonable price of $65.00.
The Virginia Household Water Quality Program aims to improve the water quality and health of Virginians with wells, springs and cisterns. They provide affordable water testing, help interpreting their water test results, and information about addressing problems.
Sample kits need to be picked up on Monday, September 19, 2022 and will need to be returned on the morning of Wednesday, September 21, 2022. A combined follow-up meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 to provide confidential test results, an explanation of the numbers, and information on how to handle any problems found.
Participation & Registration Information
Individuals interested in participating in the program, should contact the Goochland County Virginia Cooperative Extension Office to register by calling 804-556-5841, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or register at the link: https://tinyurl.com/2022GPwellwatertest.
The cost is $65.00 per sample kit and should be paid at the time of registration by mail or in person at the extension office. You can also register online at https://tinyurl.com/2022GPwellwatertest but will have to submit your check or cash payment to the Extension office. At this time, we are unable to accept credit card payments for this program. Please make your check payable to the “Treasurer of Virginia Tech” and mail or deliver to the address below:
Goochland Extension Office
2748 Dogtown Rd.
Goochland, VA 23063
Sample Kit Pickup at Goochland Extension Office – September 19th (8:30 AM – 7:00 PM)
In Goochland, participants will pick up a sample kit on Monday, September 19, 2022 between 8:30 AM and 7:00 PM at the Goochland Extension Office in the Central High Cultural & Educational Complex at 2748 Dogtown Road, Goochland, VA 23063. Sample kits will be available in the Goochland Extension Office between 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM and via drive-thru in the parking lot between 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.
Participants will be provided instructions on how to properly sample their water. Familiarity with the sampling procedure is critical to obtaining accurate results. The sampling process will also include a short questionnaire.
Sample Drop-off/Submission at Goochland Extension Office – September 21st (7:00 AM – 9:00 AM)
After collecting samples, homeowners will drop the filled bottles off at the Goochland Extension Office at the Central High Cultural & Educational Complex on the morning of Wednesday, September 21, 2022 between 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM. Samples will be delivered and analyzed in the water laboratory at Virginia Tech.
Results/Interpretation Meeting – Powhatan Village Building Auditorium – October 26th (6:00 PM)
A combined follow-up meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at 6:00 PM at the Powhatan Village Building – main entrance auditorium at 3910 Old Buckingham Road, Powhatan, VA 23139. At this meeting, participants will receive their confidential test results, and explanation of the numbers, and information on how to handle any problems found.
If you are unable to attend the interpretation meeting, results will be mailed to you.
For more information on the Virginia Household Water Quality Program, visit: https://www.wellwater.bse.vt.edu/clinics.php.