The Clay County Soil and Water Conservation District, in conjunction with Clay County Farm Bureau and ELI (Environmental Laboratories, Inc.) recently announced its kickoff for the 2012 Well Testing Program.
The event is a cost-share program. There will be two tests available this year through the program.
The first test available is Total Coliform/E-Coli ($12. Total cost to landowner is $6 for the test and CCSWCD will pay the remaining $6).
The presence of coliform bacteria in the water supply is indicative of fecal pollution. Diseases such as diarrhea, Asiatic cholera, salmonellosis, dysentery, hepatitis, typhoid fever, urinary tract infections, ear infections, colitis and skin diseases may be spread through fecal contaminated water.
The second test available is the Nitrate test ($20.
Total cost to landowner is $14. CCSWCD will pay the remaining $6).
In levels of nitrates exceeding 10 mg/L, this results in oxygen deprivation, which may be harmful to the developing nervous system of young children or cause death by suffocation. Symptoms include chocolate colored blood, headache, flushing of the skin, vomiting, dizziness, marked fall of blood pressure, cyanosis (bluish purple discoloration of skin and mucous membranes, collapse, coma and respiratory paralysis).
To register, call 448-1108 Ext. 3, or stop by the CCSWCD office, 955 W. Craig Ave., Brazil, to pickup a registration brochure.
Copies sent via e-mail may also be accessible by e-mailing email@example.com.
Those interested will be contacted with test bottles area available.
The test bottles will come with a form and directions.
Test bottles may be returned Thursday, July 19, to the office, by 4 p.m., or by stopping by the Clay County 4-H Fair Booth between 5-7 p.m.