FARM & ACREAGE — Free Water Screening for Nitrates Aug. 3 & 4 at Super Fair

Did you know there are many requirements for public water systems to monitor their water quality, but there are no such requirements for private water wells? It’s important to know about the water you drink. Nitrates above 10mg/L can be a threat for infants, pregnant or nursing women, anyone with a compromised immune system and also livestock.

Nebraska Extension will screen private-well-water samples for nitrates at no cost during the first weekend at the Lancaster County Super Fair:
• Saturday, Aug. 3, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
• Sunday, Aug. 4, 12–4 p.m.

Bring 2–4 ounces (1/4–1/2 cup) of your water in a clean container (avoid medicine containers) to the Extension information table in the Lincoln Room at the Lancaster Event Center, 84th & Havelock, Lincoln. There will also be information on water quality, water treatment and private well ownership.

Special thanks to the state Water Well Standards and Contractors’ Licensing Program for the use of its water screening equipment.