Free Well Water Testing

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Free Well Water Testing

In cooperation with NC State Extension, UNC Chapel Hill and Virginia Tech are offering free well water testing to private well owners in areas affected by Hurricane Florence. Test kits will be distributed at locations and dates specified below.

Any resident with a private well in a flood-affected county is eligible to participate. You do not have to live in the counties where pick-up / drop-off locations are available. There are a limited number of kits, so they will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

The samples will be analyzed for metals and coliform bacteria by Virginia Tech. Confidential water quality results will be emailed and mailed to residents’ homes. Study results will help develop a better understanding of the impact of floods on private well water quality and improve communication strategies during disasters.

Residents who want to have their well water tested should pick up a water sampling test kit at one of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Centers listed below. Detailed sampling instructions will be provided. Kits must be returned the following day.

If you have questions, please contact Andrew George with UNC Chapel Hill at or 919-966-7839 or Kelsey Pieper with Virginia Tech at or 518-928-0177. NC State Extension related questions can be directed to Mike Burchell at or 919-513-7348.


6206 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403

Pick up sampling kits: Tuesday, October 23, from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Drop off sampling kits: Wednesday, October 24, from 6 – 9 a.m


455 Caton Road, Lumberton, NC 28360

Pick up sampling kits: Monday, October 22, from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Drop off sampling kits: Tuesday, October 23, from 6 – 9 a.m.


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