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 at the Halifax County Extension Office.  Kit pickup will occur on Friday, June 7, 2024, Monday, June 10, 2024, AND Tuesday, June 11, 2024, 8:00am – 5:00pm.
  2. Collect samples on designated date and drop off at the Halifax County Extension Office.  Sample drop off will occur on Wednesday, June 12, 2024, 8:00am – 10:00am.
  3. Samples are analyzed at Virginia Tech. You will receive your confidential results via email or mail the week of August 5, 2024. The results will include an explanation of what the results mean, and information about addressing any problems. We are available to help answer any questions you have about your results.

VCE Halifax County location: 171 South Main Street, Halifax, VA 24558

All participant information is kept strictly confidential

Testing includes:



Coliform bacteria





E. coli bacteria





Total Dissolved Solids



Cost: $70* per sample kit. 

Please pre-register by June 4th!  For more information about this program, please call (434) 476-2147.

*A limited number of need-based scholarships are available.  For more information, please contact Michelle Ford at michellef@vt.edu or 434-476-2147.  


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. If you would like to pay by check, please contact Michelle Ford at the Halifax County Extension Office at michellef@vt.edu or 434-476-2147 to receive registration instructions.  Please make checks payable to 'Treasurer, Virginia Tech'. Please note there is a $50 returned check fee. Your registration is not complete until payment has been received and processed.  


REFUND POLICY: No refunds will be given after June 12, 2024.  All refunds will incur a $5 processing fee.  Refunds can take 6 - 8 weeks to process.  

For more information about this program, please call (434) 476-2147.  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 Halifax County VCE at (434) 476-2147 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., M-F, to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event. *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.


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