The Van Wert Soil & Water Conservation District has partnered with Heidelberg University’s National Center for Water Quality Research to offer residents the opportunity to have their well water tested.
If your drinking water comes from a private well, you are responsible for your water’s safety. If you have never had your water supply tested, it is always a good idea to educate yourself on what is present in your drinking water and provide yourself with some baseline information in the event there are changes in the future that may impact the quality of your water supply.
Should you test your well water?
Your well has an increased likelihood of contamination if:
• Your well is more than 20 years old
• Your well was dug or driven rather than drilled
• Your well is shallow
• Your soil is sandy
• A chemical spill is known to have happened nearby
• Your well is near possible sources of contamination, such as: cropland, feedlots, landfills, industrial sites (active or abandoned).
Even if your well fits none of these categories, you cannot know the quality of your water without testing. Contaminants may have entered the ground without your knowledge or before you lived at the site.
Due to supply and testing equipment issues, the only test kit Heidelberg is offering at this time is the basic nitrate test, which includes testing for nitrates, nitrites, ammonia, chloride, sulfates, fluoride, soluble phosphorus, silica, and conductivity.
The cost of the kit is $30.00 (which includes shipping), made payable to Van Wert SWCD.
The test kits will be for sale Monday, Feb. 13th through Friday, Feb. 17th, 2023. The samples must be returned to the Van Wert SWCD on Monday, Feb. 20th between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Participants can expect their confidential results back in two to four weeks from Heidelberg University.
Van Wert Soil and Water Conservation District
and Farm Bureau co-host Ag Banquet
The Van Wert SWCD held their 73rd Annual Meeting by co-hosting with the Van Wert Farm Bureau at the Ag Banquet on Tuesday, August 2 at Life House Church, Van Wert, OH. A SWCD election was held for two supervisor positions on the SWCD Board of Supervisors five member Board. Craig Pohlman and Ryan Mohr were elected to serve a three year term commencing January 1, 2023. Dinner was provided by More To Love Catering.
Jayden Black was the SWCD Scholarship recipient. Adam Brothers was recognized by the SWCD and received the Conservation Farmer Award. This award is given to honor individuals for their conservation achievements. Farm Bureau honored their scholarship recipient.
Farm Bureau presented Membership Ag Awards. The Van Wert Ag Hall of Fame Award was presented to George Ropp for his many agricultural accomplishments.
Van Wert County Foundation spoke about the ways they are helping in Van Wert County through scholarships and grant programs. Sarah Noggle was the guest speaker and addressed mental health issues that many farmers face. Ag Credit provided centerpieces of flower arrangements that were given as door prizes.
Sponsors for the evening were: Van Wert County Foundation, Farm Bureau, and the Van Wert Soil and Water Conservation District.