The Van Buren Conservation District (VBCD) will screen drinking water well samples for nitrates from August 13th on to August 17th from 8am to 4:30pm. The screening is sponsored by the VBCD and the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP). MAEAP and the water screening program is paid for by funds generated from Michigan pesticide and fertilizer registration and tonnage fees. There is no cost to residents to participate in this service.
The water screening is open to all Van Buren residents that are on private water systems (non-municipal) for drinking water but is limited to 150 samples for the week.
The screening is for Nitrates and Nitrites which commonly appear in drinking water around agricultural communities. Nitrates and Nitrites in drinking water can result in nitrogen use on farm fields or treated lawns.
To sample your well please follow these directions:
- Pick a tap that supplies water that has not run through any treatment devices (water softener, carbon filter, RO system, etc.). An outdoor faucet often works well.
- Run the water for 20-30 minutes before collecting the sample. This will give the pump time to flush the water pressure tank and plumbing so you can collect a valid sample. Disconnect any hoses before collecting the sample; do not sample through a hose. Rinse the sample bottle and lid thoroughly in the water to be sampled; then fill and cap the bottle.
- Label the bottle clearly with your name, the sample date, and the well name using a waterproof pen.
- Samples can be taken in any clean container, such as a baby food jar, water bottle, or other capped container.
- Deliver the sample within 24 hours and keep the sample dark and cold until it is dropped off at the VBCD office at 1035 East Michigan Ave. in Paw Paw.
Any questions about water screening, water collections, nitrites/nitrates, or the MAEAP program can be directed to Kyle Mead, MAEAP Technician, at 269-657-4030 ext5.