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Free Well Water Uranium Sampling for Groundwater Awareness Week

Sample bottles available for pickup March 13th

Post Date:03/05/2019 4:11 PM

The Town of Glastonbury is pleased to join in the celebration of the National Groundwater Association’s 20th anniversary of National Groundwater Awareness Week from March 10-16, 2019. This year’s theme is to THINK about having your well tested and maintaining your well water system. The Glastonbury Health Department, in cooperation with the State of Connecticut Public Health Laboratory and the Connecticut State Department of Public Health Private Wells Division will start the THINK process by offering free uranium testing and guidance on results for Glastonbury residents with wells. Uranium is naturally occurring in some Connecticut bedrock ground water, and can enter drinking water wells.  The amount of uranium in bedrock and well water can vary greatly from one property to another.  Individual well testing is the only way to know if a well is contaminated. Exposure to uranium at high levels for extended periods of time is linked to certain health problems.

As part of the Groundwater Awareness Week initiative, the Glastonbury Health Department is offering a free water uranium sampling opportunity for town residents.  Glastonbury homeowners can collect their own well water samples and return the sample to the Glastonbury Health Department for screening.  Samples will be tested by the State Public Health Laboratory at no cost to the homeowner, and results will be provided back to the homeowner.  

How to Participate

  1. Preregister
  2. Pickup your sample bottle (March 13th)
  3. Collect your sample
  4. Return your sample for testing (by March 29th)

Water testing bottles will be available for pick up at the Riverfront Community Center (300 Welles Street) on Wednesday, March 13, from 5pm to 8pmResidents are strongly encouraged to preregister for the event to ensure a sample bottle will be held for you.  Please click here to preregister.  Samples must be collected in the bottles provided on March 13th and returned within 3 days of the date the sample was taken.  Sample collection instructions will be provided with the bottles.  All samples must be returned, in-person, to the Health Department, located on the third level of Town Hall, by no later than Friday, March 29, 2019.  Office hours are Monday-Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Please note, this well water sampling opportunity is for residents who were NOT contacted as part of the Town’s joint well water testing series with DPH and DEEP, which is currently underway in the Chestnut Hill Road area.  As of March 5, 2019, Town staff have contacted all property owners who will have their well water tested through that effort through written notice and/or a hand-delivered letter left at their property doorstep.  Any property owner who has NOT received such notice will NOT be among the properties tested in that neighborhood and is therefore strongly encouraged to participate in the free uranium sampling event on March 13th.

Residents are encouraged to preregister for the March 13th event to ensure a sample bottle is held for you.  If you are unable to attend on March 13th but would like to obtain a sample bottle, a friend or family member may pick one up on your behalf.  If you have any questions about this event or well water, water testing, and testing laboratories, please contact the Health Department at (860) 652-7534 or visit www.glastonbury-ct.gov/wellwater.
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