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The Health Board would like to invite the people of Saare and Valga counties to take part in a study of drinking water from private wells

This August and September the Health Board is planning to conduct an inspection of forty private water supply systems, with the aim of obtaining an overview of the quality of the drinking water from forty bored and dug wells in every county.

This August and September the Health Board is planning to conduct an inspection of forty private water supply systems, with the aim of obtaining an overview of the quality of the drinking water from forty bored and dug wells in every county. 

According to Lauri Liepkalns, chief specialist at the Health Board’s Environmental Health Department, preference when sampling will be shown to water supply systems which are used all-year round and which serve more than ten consumers, or dug wells or bored wells which are used by several households (in a holiday home area, for example). ‘We are planning to collect most of the samples in August or September 2020, but July will also be used if possible. After analysing the samples, information about the quality of the well water will be sent to the owners,’ said Liepkalns. 

The nitrate, nitrite, ammonia, manganese, iron, fluoride, and petroleum product content of the water samples and their organoleptic characteristics (cloudiness, smell, and colour) will all be determined along with pH levels. 

Of the microbiological characteristics of the water, the escherichia coli, enterococci, and coliform bacteria content will all be ascertained. 

We would like to ask anyone who is interested in the study to contact their regional inspectors by 31 July 2020 at the latest: 

Valga County: Inspector Aira Varblane, tel: 5822 5415, aira.varblane@terviseamet.ee

Saare County: Inspector Urve Raag, tel: 5332 2819, urve.raag@terviseamet.ee