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 does it work?

  1. Pick up your sample kit and instructions at the Kickoff Meeting.  The Kickoff Meeting will occur at the Essex County Public Library on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, 6pm.
  2. Collect samples on designated date and drop off at the Essex County Public Library.  Sample drop off will occur on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, 8:00am – 10:00am ONLY.
  3. Samples are analyzed at Virginia Tech. Results will be emailed or mailed 4-5 weeks after collection.  There will also be a Results Interpretation Meeting on Wednesday, July 10, 2024, 6pm at the Essex County Public Library.

Location: Essex County Public Library, 117 N. Church Lane, Tappahannock, VA  22560

Testing includes:



Coliform bacteria





E. coli bacteria





Total Dissolved Solids



Cost: $70 per sample kit

Please pre-register by May 27th - space is limited!

All participant information is kept strictly confidential


Register Online with a Credit Card

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

Register with Cash/Check

This system is designed to process online credit card payments only.  Registration and pre-payment are required to ensure there is a kit available for you.  Cash (exact change) and checks will be accepted in person at the Essex County VCE Office, 112 Cross Street, Tappahannock, VA  22560.  Please make checks payable to VCE Essex.  Please note there is a $50 returned check fee.  Your registration is not complete until payment is received and processed.


REFUND POLICY: No refunds will be given after June 5, 2024.  All refunds will incur a $5 processing fee.  Refunds can take 6 - 8 weeks to process.

For more information about this program, please contact Robbie Longest at the Essex County VCE Office at 804-443-3551 or robbiel7@vt.edu.  You can also visit https://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 Robbie Longest at 804-443-3551 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event. *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.


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