County Health Department Observes Groundwater Awareness Week

The Oswego County Health Department is observing National Groundwater Awareness Week March 8  to March 14.

“Groundwater is essential to the health and well-being of the public and the environment,” said Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang. “Whether you are on a public water system or a private well, groundwater is important to you.”

Huang said there are several resources available for residents who want to learn more about testing, treating, and protecting their private well or drilling a new well. Online resources include these websites:;; and

The Environmental Division of the Health Department offers several programs for individual homeowners who wish to have their well water tested.

They include:

· “Walk-in” test is conducted for coliform bacteria and E. coli only.  The homeowner collects the sample and delivers it to the health department office at 70 Bunner St., Oswego.  No written results are provided. There is a $20 fee.

· Realty/Service Request is for coliform and E. coli only.  County Health Department staff collects the sample and provides written results. There is a $65 fee.

· Enhanced Water Testing – Additional parameters (lead, arsenic, barium, chromium, copper, iron, manganese, sodium, hardness, nitrate, and nitrite) are offered to homeowners with concerns about their water supplies. Funding is provided under a grant from the New York State Health Department.

Residents who would like more information on these programs or who suspect their water supply is contaminated may contact the Oswego County Health Department weekdays at 349-3557.