The Oregon State University Extension Service is offering free well water nitrate screenings for well owners.
A portion of the southern Willamette Valley has been designated as a Groundwater Management Area by the Department of Environmental Quality due to elevated nitrate levels in well water. It is especially important for households with pregnant women or newborns to test for nitrate because of a rare type of blue-baby syndrome, but all homes with private wells should be aware of their nitrate level.
For a free nitrate screening, bring half a cup of untreated well water in a clean, water-tight container. You may either wait for your results (the test takes five to 10 minutes if the well water clinic is not busy), or leave your contact information for the results to be delivered after the clinic date.
In Corvallis, bring a sample anytime from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, to the OSU Extension Service of Benton County office at 4077 S.W. Research Way in Corvallis for screening. Located at 4077 S.W. Research Way in Corvallis.
For more information, call 541-766-3556 or see the OSU Extension Service website at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/benton.