Extension Office Offers Drinking Water Clinic

If you live in Clarke County and have ever wondered about the quality of your drinking water, an upcoming water quality workshop may be just the event that you need to erase any nagging doubts.

Much of Clarke County’s underlying geology is formed by limestone karst rock. Karst geology is characterized by barren, rocky ground, caves, sinkholes and underground rivers. It results from the  excavating  effects of underground water on massive soluble limestone.

Karst hydrological systems, found throughout Clarke County, are very susceptible to contamination because surface pollutants can easily reach underground reservoirs.

If your water supply comes from a well, spring, or cistern and you would like to more about the quality of your water, plan to participate in the Clarke County Drinking Water Clinic on March 15, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Boyce Fire Hall in Boyce, Virginia.

Cost is $45.00 and includes an analysis kit and water sample analysis for bacteria, minerals pH, nitrates, saturation index, hardness and total dissolved solids.

To register contact the Clarke County Extension Office at (540) 955-5164.


  1. onceandawhile says:

    If you want the shock of your life-bring a sample from your child’s water fountain at school. I did after “taste” complaints from the little one. I PROMISE you’ll be slipping in those H20 bottles in their backpack!

    And no; she’s NOT allowed to drink from the school’s water.