Comprehensive Countywide Private Well Testing Initiative
County Executive William R. Steinhaus launched the Dutchess County Comprehensive Private Well Testing Initiative on September 6, 2007. The goal of this project was to collect information about Dutchess County private well water source quality that serve single-family, owner-occupied residences. To implement the first phase of this multi-phased initiative, volunteers were recruited over a four week enrollment period. From the pool of applicants, 125 wells that serve single-family, owner occupied residences were randomly selected. A private contract laboratory collected and analyzed water samples for bacteria, organic, and inorganic chemicals.
The second phase of this multi-phased initiative, which began in the fall of 2008, was carried out in a similar manner as Phase I. One hundred and twenty-five wells serving single-family, owner-occupied residences were randomly selected from the original pool of applicants used for the first phase of the initiative. The same private contract laboratory collected and analyzed water samples for bacteria, organic, and inorganic chemicals. The findings from Phase II mirrored the results of Phase I and are summarized below:
Summary of Results:
Many people and agencies contributed to the successful implementation of this new initiative, which was led by the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health (DCDOH). The Environmental Health Services (EHS) division of the DCDOH coordinated the project. The Public Health Information, Planning, and Education (PHIPE) division, including their GIS Coordinator, as well as the County’s Office of Computer and Information Systems (OCIS), Department of Planning and Development, and the Water and Wastewater Authority all actively contributed to this effort. Smith Laboratory, Hyde Park, New York, was selected to conduct the water sampling and analysis.