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April 24, 2013

OCCA seeking well test sites

The Otsego County Conservation Association is seeking potential drinking water well test sites and existing water well test data for inclusion as it launches a countywide groundwater program, “What’s In Our Water?”

The program, announced in the fall, aims to create a “baseline” of well water chemistry that can provide a point of reference in the event that heavy industrial activity such as natural gas drilling puts groundwater at risk. According to a media release from OCCA, the program has received the necessary funding to begin conducting tests. 

OCCA invites property owners throughout the county to submit their wells for testing consideration. Wells will be chosen for testing based on existing data, identified data gaps, and location, among other factors.

Water sampling and analysis will be conducted by professionals certified through the state Department of Health. Property owners who have had wells tested within the last two years are also invited to share that data, the release said. 

For more information on “What’s In Our Water?”, or to submit a well for consideration, call OCCA at 547-4488 or email Copies of test results can be mailed to OCCA, P.O. Box 931, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

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