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Yakima County's Nitrate
Treatment Program

Providing water treatment systems, education and technical assistance to households with individuals at high public health risk from nitrate contaminated wells.

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NITRATE TREATMENT PILOT PROGRAM

Application Deadline Extended to May 31

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:    FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2011

 

CONTACT:  Lisa Freund, Yakima County Public Services Administrative Supervisor

                        Office:  509-574-2300

                       

Yakima, WA – If you live in the Lower Yakima Valley and are served by a private well that has tested high in nitrate, there is still time to submit an application for a free water treatment system through Yakima County's Nitrate Treatment Pilot Program.

 

According to Yakima County officials, funding is still available for approximately 200 point-of-use filtration systems that will help reduce nitrate in drinking water to federally accepted standards. To date, 110 households have met the eligibility criteria for a free system; funding is available for approximately 300 free systems.

 

The treatment program, aimed at households with people at high public health risk from nitrate contamination, is made possible through 2010 state legislative funding. All program funds must be expended by June 30, 2011.

 

As part of the application process, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is offering free certified lab testing for households on private wells in the program area. The certified lab test, indicating nitrate levels at 10 mg per liter or above, is required in addition to a completed application.

 

Applications and certified lab results must be submitted by Tuesday, May 31, 2011 to Yakima County Public Services, Courthouse Fourth Floor, 128 N. 2nd St., Yakima, WA 98901.

 

To request an application packet or for more information, please call the Nitrate Treatment Pilot Program Hotline at 1-855-740-8429 or visit the website at: http://www.yakimacounty.us/nitrateprogram/english/default.htm.

 

 

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Lisa H. Freund, Administrative Supervisor
Yakima County Public Services
128 N. 2nd St
Yakima, WA 98902
voice: 509.574.2300 FAX: 509.574.2301

 

 


NITRATE TREATMENT PILOT PROGRAM UPDATE
Installation of Filtration Systems Underway

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2011

CONTACT:    Lisa Freund, Yakima County Public Services Administrative Supervisor
                     Office: 509-574-2300
                     Cell: 509-961-0470

Yakima, WA –Installation of free filtration systems begins this week in nearly 50 Lower Valley homes served by private wells that have tested high for nitrate. The filtration systems are made possible by Yakima County's Nitrate Treatment Pilot Program, a state-funded program initiated in response to concern about nitrate contamination in groundwater.

In January approximately 8000 packets were delivered to homeowners and residents in the Lower Valley who are served by private wells, inviting them to test for nitrate levels in their water. If the packet's in-home test indicated nitrate levels of 10 milligrams per liter or above, residents were encouraged to apply for a filtration system to treat their drinking water for nitrate.

To date, 106 of the nearly 1500 in-home test results returned have indicated nitrate levels at 10 mg per liter or above. The County is encouraging homeowners and residents whose water tested at those levels to return a completed application and certified lab results as soon as possible. Those homeowners and residents who've not yet conducted the in-home test are encouraged do so and return their results to the County.

According to County officials, funding is limited to 300 free systems. To be considered, the resident or the homeowner must submit certified lab results showing that the nitrate level in the water is equal to or greater than 10 mg per liter. A completed, owner-signed application is also required.

Applications are being accepted on a first-come first-served basis until Friday, April 29, 2011. For more information, please call the Nitrate Treatment Hotline at 877-740-8429 or visit the nitrate website at: http://www.yakimacounty.us/nitrateprogram.


YAKIMA COUNTY LAUNCHES
NITRATE TREATMENT PILOT PROGRAM
News Conference Scheduled

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2010

CONTACT: Lisa Freund, Yakima County Public Services Administrative Supervisor
                  Office: 509-574-2300
                Cell: 509-961-0470

Yakima, WA – Yakima County will unveil the Nitrate Treatment Pilot Program, a treatment program aimed at households with people at high public health risk from nitrate contamination, at a news conference on Tuesday.

15th District State Senator Jim Honeyford will join Yakima County Commissioners, County staff, representatives from the EPA, the Yakima Health District, State Department of Health, Culligan International and other partners to explain the program, which will offer nitrate treatment options to lower Valley households served by private wells that have tested high for nitrates.

According to County officials, the treatment program is the first step in a larger effort to address groundwater contamination in the Lower Valley.

The media and public are invited to attend:

Tuesday, January 4, 2011
12:00 PM (noon)
Sunnyside Community Center
1521 S. 1st St. in Sunnyside

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