Having your spring or well water tested doesn’t need to be a big chore, especially if you live in or around the Sandy OR area. The City of Sandy makes this so easy by offering a sample pick-up and drop-off service. Alexin Labs performs the testing.
Here are the steps to utilizing this great, free service:
1) Stop by City Hall to pick up the sampling bottle and test order form. Sampling instructions and test ordering directions and pricing are included with the bottle.
2) Sample your water according to the included instructions. The sample must be taken from your source (usually the kitchen faucet) less than 24 hours from the time the lab picks up the samples from City Hall.
3) Drop off your sample and payment at City Hall before 10 a.m. on Tuesday.
4) Test results are sent to you directly via mail within 7 – 10 days, or less.
Two contaminants are tested for in the basic test: bacteria (fecal coliform) and nitrates. The cost of this test is currently $60.
If you have questions about the testing service, you can phone City Hall at 503-668-5533 for more information.
To learn more about what contaminants to test for and how often tests should be performed, see my “Testing, testing…This is a Test” blog.