Do you have a well, spring or cistern? 

Learn about your water quality through affordable, confidential testing and become empowered to make decisions about system maintenance and water treatment!  The goal of the Virginia Household Water Quality Program is to improve the water quality and health of Virginians with private water supplies, including wells, springs and cisterns.

How it works:

  1. Pick up your sample kit at the Greensville/Emporia Extension office. We will be offering pick up on Monday, 10/31/22, 8:00am - 5:00pm.  Alternate pick-up times must be arranged in advance.
  2. Collect samples and drop off at our office.  Sample drop off will occur on Wednesday, 11/2/22, 7:30am – 9:30am ONLY.  Late drop off will not be accepted.
  3. Samples are analyzed at Virginia Tech.  Receive your confidential results, an explanation of what they mean, and information about addressing any problems via email.  Results will be sent around the middle of December. 
VCE Office Location: 105 Oak Street, Emporia, VA  23847

All participant information is kept strictly confidential

Testing includes:











Total Dissolved Solids


Coliform bacteria

E. coli bacteria



Pre-registration / Pre-payment is required - space is limited!

Cost: $65/sample kit*

* Greensville, Sussex and Southampton County residents are eligible for a limited number of FREE sponsored sample kits courtesy of the Chowan Basin Soil and Water Conservation District (one per household available on a first come, first served basis).  Please contact the Greensville-Emporia Extension Office to request registration instructions for the free sponsored kits.  The office can be reached at (434)348- 4223 or email: srutherford@vt.edu.


Preferred Method – Register Online with a Credit Card

Click on the appropriate Add to Cart button on this page, and follow the on-screen prompts to complete your registration.  If you have any trouble with registration, please contact our helpline by email at vceprograms@vt.edu.   

Register with Cash or Check

This system is designed to process credit card payments only.  If you would like to pay by another method, you can pay in person by cash (exact change) / check / or money order, Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm, at the VCE Office located at 105 Oak Street in Emporia, VA 23847.  You can also pay by mail with check or money order to the Greensville/Emporia Extension Office located at 105 Oak Street in Emporia, VA 23847. Make checks payable to: Treasurer of Virginia Tech with "well water test" in the memo line. Return Check Fee is $50.00.  Your registration is not complete until payment is received.


Registration Deadline: October 24, 2022
Refund Policy: No refunds will be given after 10/24/22.  All refunds will incur a $5 processing fee.

For more information, please contact Sara Rutherford at 434-348-4223 or srutherford@vt.edu

For more information about the Virginia Household Water Quality Program, as well as many resources relevant to private water systems, please visit www.wellwater.bse.vt.edu.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Greensville-Emporia Extension Office, (434) 348-4223 during the business hours of 8:00a.m. and 5:00p.m. to discuss accommodations at least 5 days prior to the event. *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.


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