The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 12, 2002


Carlisle Board of Health private well testing

As part of its ongoing evaluation of the quality of drinking water in town, the Board of Health is again organizing a voluntary water-testing program for Carlisle homeowners. The sampling will be conducted by Thorstensen Laboratory, Inc. of Westford on the morning of Saturday, May 4.

To participate owners must pre-pay. Residents can sign up at the board of health office starting April 18, or by mailing a check (payable to Thorstensen Laboratory, Inc.) to the Carlisle Board of Health, P.O. Box 827, Carlisle, MA 01741 and providing the following: owner's name, address, telephone number, and test(s) selected. The deadline for signing up is April 30.

Thorstensen Laboratory is a Massachusetts certified laboratory. The town has arranged for a volume discount on the testing cost. Residents may choose the test or combination of tests to be done. The sampling cost per site is $10. Testing parameters include: General Water Quality ($80) ­ including coliform (bacteria), calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium, alkalinity, ammonia, chloride, chlorine, color, conductivity, hardness, nitrates, nitrites, pH, odor, sulfates, turbidity, sediment, lead and arsenic; Pesticides ($100), Radon ($22), and VOCs ($80) (petroleum products, including MTBE). Total cost for full testing is $292.

Testing will start around 9:00 a.m. on May 4. Owners must be home to provide access to an appropriate sampling port. There will be no appointments, but owners will be called ahead so they can start purging the water lines. Sampling should be completed by early afternoon. Owners will receive complete testing results within a few weeks. A copy will be kept for the board of health property files. The ongoing testing results provide the board of health with an important tool for studying the overall water quality throughout Carlisle.

Questions about the testing should be directed to the board of health office 1-978-369-0283.

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito