Health district offers free well water testing for arsenic, uranium

Shelton residents can receive free well water testing for arsenic and uranium.

The testing is being offered by the Naugatuck Valley Health District (NVHD) and the state Department of Public Health (DPH) for people living in the NVHD service area, which includes Shelton, Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Naugatuck and Seymour.

The DPH is working with several Connecticut health departments to evaluate the presence of arsenic and uranium in residential groundwater wells.

Wells in several parts of the state have been found to be contaminated with arsenic and uranium. To further investigate the extent of the contamination, the DPH is collaborating with the NVHD to conduct the tests in selected wells throughout the district.

Volunteer homeowners needed

Volunteer property owners are being asked to participate in the well survey. Homeowners must be willing to share the test results with the NVHD and DPH.

Testing will be performed without charge at a state laboratory in Rocky Hill. Should any of the samples be positive for the tested metals, advice will be provided on appropriate treatment.

Testing will be limited to the first 60 eligible homes. To participate in this survey, call the NVHD at 203-881-3255.