The Orange County Health Department is committed to the protection of county groundwater resources in order to assure a safe and adequate supply of water for our citizens. Environmental Health provides a variety of water testing services for citizens who are served by well water.
If you reside in the American Stone Company area or within 3000 foot radius of the former Orange County Landfill near Rogers Rd., well assistance may be available. Contact us for verification and apply.
The water sampling is analyzed at the NC State Public Health Laboratory. Chemical analysis can take several weeks. You may access your results at anytime after the lab has posted on their website. (Click Environmental Reports>View>County "Orange">All).
- Disinfection of Wells (Chlorination Procedure for Sulphur Bacteria)
- Disinfection of Wells (Chlorination Procedure)
- Federal Criteria for Safe Drinking Water
PFAS/PFOS, Radon, Uranium, and Radium
Recent news has increased the awareness of these concerning substances in ground water.
PFAS chemicals are found in water, soil, waste, air, consumer products, and more. PFAS are a diverse group of compounds resistant to heat, water, and oil. For decades, PFAS compounds have been used in hundreds of industrial applications and consumer products including carpeting, apparel, upholstery, food paper wrappings, fire-fighting foams, and metal plating. PFAS is referred to as the “forever chemical” as its contaminants can linger for decades.
Naturally occurring substances like the radionucleotides are found in the rock located underground.
The State Laboratory of Public Health has an Environmental Radiochemistry unit that can analyze the gross alpha, gross beta, and uranium. This office is working with the state lab to make those sample kits available to us to assist well owners in Orange County who want this specialized sampling.
Well owners may also contract with a certified laboratory for retail testing that may be more comprehensive. These are some companies that we are aware can provide those services.
NATIONAL TESTING LABORATORIES
FLORIDA RADIOCHEMISTRY SERVICES