As part of Virginia Tech's response to COVID-19, this program has been postponed.  We will update this site when plans for rescheduling this program have been finalized.  For anyone who is already registered, we will be in touch with you soon about rescheduling.  

Do you have a well or spring?

What’s in your water?

The Virginia Household Water Quality Program aims to improve the water quality and health of Virginians with wells, springs and cisterns. We provide affordable water testing, help interpret water test results, and provide information about addressing problems.

How does it work?

Participants attend a short Kickoff Meeting, where they receive information about how to collect water samples and a sampling kit. Participants will collect samples on a designated day and time, and drop off at the sample collection point.  Water is analyzed on the Virginia Tech campus for 14 parameters.  Once analysis is complete, results are returned at a final meeting, where water test results are explained. If you are unable to attend the interpretation meeting, results will be mailed to you.

Testing includes:



Coliform bacteria





E. coli bacteria





Total Dissolved Solids








Must attend kickoff meeting to receive kit.

Cost: $20/sample kit (three ways to register – see below) 

REGISTER IN PERSON:  Stop by either the VCE Office in Chesapeake (310 Shea Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23322, 757-382-6348) or the VCE Office in Suffolk (440 Market Street, Suffolk, VA 23439, 757-514-4337).  Only checks, cash or money orders accepted at these locations – no credit cards (return check fee $50.00).  Also, please complete the following form to let us know that you intend to pay in person with cash or check: https://forms.gle/T7sEcDGYPDKkAP2v5

REGISTER BY MAIL**: Send check or money order in the amount of $20.00 for each kit made payable to either VCE-Chesapeake (310 Shea Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23322) OR VCE-Suffolk (440 Market Street, Suffolk, VA 23439). On the memo line of your check, please be sure to include which Kick Off Meeting you will attend on March 16, 2020 (5:30pm or 7:00pm).  Also, please complete the following form to let us know that you have mailed your registration: https://forms.gle/T7sEcDGYPDKkAP2v5

REGISTER ONLINE WITH CREDIT CARD: Click on Register Now on the right side of this page.  During the checkout process, be sure to choose the appropriate package based on which Kick Off Meeting you would like to attend on March 16, 2020 (5:30pm or 7:00pm).


REFUND POLICY: No refunds will be issued after March 9, 2020. Any refunds prior to March 9, 2020 may incur a processing fee.

**Your registration is not complete until payment has been received.

2020 Suffolk/Chesapeake Flyer


Two Options:

Kickoff Meeting

& Pick up kit

March 16, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. OR 7:00 p.m.

SWIFT Research Center at HRSD’s Nansemond Treatment Plant

6909 Armstead Road - Suffolk, VA  23435

Drop off samples

March 18, 2020 between 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Chesapeake Extension Office or Suffolk Extension Office

Results meeting

April 28, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Major Hillard Library

824 Old George Washington Hwy, N. - Chesapeake, VA  23323



Special reduced cost through sponsorship: Hampton Roads Sanitation District is providing sponsorship for this clinic, reducing the cost from $65/sample to $20/sample.  At the Clinic, participants will have an opportunity to learn about the Sustainable Water Initiative for Tomorrow (SWIFT).  This innovative water purification initiative is designed to ensure a sustainable source of groundwater while addressing environmental challenges such as Chesapeake Bay restoration, sea level rise and saltwater intrusion.

For more information about the program, contact Watson Lawrence, Chesapeake, watsonL@vt.edu, or Elizabeth Pittman, Suffolk, elizp16@vt.edu or visit http://www.wellwater.bse.vt.edu/


Thank you for your interest in this course. Unfortunately, the course you have selected is currently not open for enrollment.  This page will be updated if additional sections of this course are offered.


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