Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island from Sept. 13 through Sept. 15 gives Nebraskans with private water wells an opportunity to screen for nitrate levels in their water. Private water well owners can bring a cup-size sample of their water in a clean container to the Natural Resources Building, Lot #1106, on the southeast side of the Husker Harvest Grounds, East Avenue and Second Street. Free nitrate screenings are Tuesday and Wednesday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and Thursday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Howard Isaacs is Administrator of the Office of Drinking Water and Environmental Health in the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Isaacs says high nitrates are a threat to infants, pregnant or nursing mothers, and even livestock. He encourages private water well owners to stop by for the free nitrate screening.
Water Supply Specialists will be on hand to interpret screening results and answer questions. Information on water quality will also be available. For more information contact the DHHS Water Well Standards Program at (402) 471-0546.