State offering free testing for wells

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is conducting its 2016 Groundwater Assessment Survey and is looking for Hoosiers who want to have their wells tested free of charge.

Using the data collected from those who invite IDEM to test their wells, the agency will be able to “build a story” about groundwater quality in the state, according to a news release.

The goal of this project is to be able to evaluate groundwater quality in different regions based on factors such as geology, depth to water, depth of the well and land use.

By scientifically evaluating baseline groundwater quality conditions in the state, IDEM hopes to better be able to protect the groundwater resource, determine how groundwater might affect the quality of surface water and evaluate changes in groundwater over time.

The more residents who participate, the more information will be available on water quality in Indiana. By having their well sampled, residents will learn exactly what is in their water.

If a concern is found, IDEM will provide the resident with information on how they can reduce their exposure to potential harmful chemicals.

For information about the Groundwater Monitoring Network, eligibility requirements and how residents can register their well, visit in.gov/idem/6892.htm. Residents can fill out the application for free well testing at in.gov/surveytool/public/survey.php?name=Indiana_GWMN_Application_2016.