Results from Iredell County well-water samples gathered in February will be presented April 18.
Kelsey Pieper, a researcher from Virginia Tech, said the university, partnered with UNC Chapel Hill, is studying Hurricane Florence’s effect on drinking water in rural areas and the lead in North Carolina soil.
In February, the universities collected samples throughout the county. Pieper said the Iredell County Health Department and concerned citizens requested a study of well water in the area.
UNC Chapel Hill’s Institute for the Environment community engagement coordinator Andrew George said Chapel Hill managed communication between the researchers and community while Virginia Tech analyzed the samples.
Pieper said people who submitted samples will receive their results before the meeting. At the meeting, the results will be explained. Attendees will learn what was tested for, why and if there should be concern.
If there is a concern, steps to mitigating the problem will also be suggested, Pieper added.
This meeting is an education opportunity for anyone with a well. Pieper said there will be speakers addressing how to care for a well and make sure the water is safe.
At the Iredell County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday, commissioners announced the meeting and encouraged people to attend.
“The unique thing about this study to a point is it will show us exactly what the water quality is in different parts of the county. I think we take our water, especially our well, for granted,” Commissioner Jeff McNeely said. “What we ingest in water is so critical to our wellbeing and our health and how we regulate our bodies.”