The Washington Environmental Council is partnering with Hydro Technologies of New Milford to help area residents get their well water tested at a reduced cost.

Through April 30, the discounted well-testing program offers well-testing kits to area residents at a cost of $69, a 22 percent savings from Hydro Technologies' list price of $89 per test.

Residents of Washington and the The Washington Environmental Council is partnering with Hydro Technologies of New Milford to help area residents get their well water tested at a reduced cost.

Through April 30, the discounted well-testing program offers well-testing kits to area residents at a cost of $69, a 22 percent savings from Hydro Technologies' list price of $89 per test.

Residents of Washington and the surrounding towns are eligible for the program, but must pick up kits at Washington Health Center & Pharmacy.

More than 100 area residents have collected their well testing kits.

Changes in water quality are often imperceptible by sight, smell or taste, so it is imperative to get well water tested on a regular basis.

The Department of Public Health of Connecticut recommends private wells be tested annually for total coliform and E. coli bacteria, nitrate/nitrate and pH, color and turbidity.

The test, offered by Hydro Technologies, a Connecticut certified environmental laboratory, checks the levels of these items, as well as iron, sodium, chloride, manganese, sulfate, odor, residual chlorine, hardness, calcium and magnesium.

Residents may also consider testing for other contaminants noted above, or for lead, copper, acidic water, blue-green staining or if they have small children.

Residents should consult with the lab for the required sample bottles, procedures and costs for any additional tests.

Testing kits are available for pickup at the Washington Health Center & Pharmacy at 5 Bryan Hall Plaza in Washington Depot.

After collecting the home water sample, residents must deliver the completed kit to Hydro Technologies at 62 Bank St. No. 2 in New Milford.

A payment of $69 is due to Hydro Technologies upon delivery of the sample.

Results from the test will be mailed to the resident's home address.

For more information, email wec-ct@charter.net.