The Van Buren Conservation District screens drinking water for nitrates yearly in August. This year’s screening will be from August 2nd on to August 6th from 8am to 4:30pm. The screening is sponsored by the Van Buren Conservation District 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 participate in this service.
The water screening is open to all Van Buren residents that are on private wells (non-municipal) for drinking water but is limited to 100 samples for the week.
The screening is for nitrates and nitrites which commonly appear in drinking water around ag 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:
There will be a brief survey regarding the age, condition, and construction of the well that is to be completed with delivery of the sample. Please call the VBCD 269-657-4030×5 if you have any questions.
If you’ve missed this year’s screening but need a water test please see our Water Testing page.