Do you have a well, spring, or cistern?  What’s in your water?

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. Attend the Kick-off Meeting to pick up your sample kit and receive directions to collect samples.  The Kick-off Meeting will occur on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, 6:00pm - 7:00pm at the Pearisburg Community Center (KJ Building), 1410 Wenonah Avenue, Pearisburg, VA  24134.
  2. Collect samples on designated date and drop off at the Giles County Extension Office.  Sample drop off will occur on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, 8:00am – 10:00am at 507 Wenonah Avenue, Pearisburg, VA  24134.
  3. Samples are analyzed at Virginia Tech.  Results will take up to 5 weeks, and will be mailed or emailed.

Testing includes:



Coliform bacteria





E. coli bacteria





Total Dissolved Solids



Cost*: $70 per sample kit. 

Please pre-register by May 15th at 6pm - space is limited! 

*Scholarships for $60 are available for residents in Giles County through funding from the Virginia Environmental Endowment's Community Conservation Program.  Please contact the Giles County VCE Office at 540-921-3455, for more information about these scholarships.

All participant information is kept strictly confidential.


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@mail.ext.vt.edu.  

Register with Check

This system is designed to process credit card payments only.  Registration and pre-payment are required to ensure there is a kit available for you. To pay by cash or check, please contact the Giles County Extension Office at 540-921-3455 or email Kloe Rife at kloerife@vt.edu.    Please note there is a $50 returned check fee. Your registration is not complete until payment has been received and processed.


REGISTRATION DEADLINE: May 15, 2024 at 6pm
REFUND POLICY: No refunds will be given after May 22, 2024. All refunds will incur a $5 processing fee. Refunds can take 6 - 8 weeks to process.

For more information, please contact Kloe Rife at kloerife@vt.edu.  

For more information about the Virginia Household Water Quality Program, as well as many resources relevant to private water systems, please 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 Kloe Rife at 540-921-3455 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event. *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.


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