CWC staff collected samples using a uniform structure after completing a training and certification course through BSK Labs in Fresno. We informed private well owners of the possible contaminants that would be tested for in their water as well as the program’s broader goals of ensuring residents have access to safe, affordable water. After conducting rounds of outreach, interested private well owners were scheduled in a sampling schedule.
CWC employees collected water samples using the HI-991300 pH/conductivity tester for well purging protocol so that samples were drawn from groundwater sources rather than storage tanks. Samples were taken toBC Laboratories in Bakersfield, CA.
Once we received the laboratory results, follow-up packets were customized for each participant based on their water quality results. Contaminant fact sheets, a letter of results, drought resource sheets, and other educational materials were tailored for each home in English and Spanish. In addition to materials about contaminants, certified water filters, and bottled water options, we also provided information to residents about drought resources, our work toward regional long-term water solutions, and other resources related to accessing safe drinking water. A follow-up visit was scheduled for each resident where CWC staff communicated the results and discussed next steps.
Data collected through this program was uploaded to the State Water Resources Control Board’s (SWRCB) GeoTracker Groundwater Ambient Monitoring and Assessment Unit (GAMA) online database. Data uploaded to Geotracker GAMA is publicly accessible.