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County extends deadline for nitrate program

Lower Yakima Valley and are served by a private well that has tested high in nitrates, 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 nitrates 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 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, to Yakima County Public Services, Courthouse Fourth Floor, 128 N. 2nd St., Yakima, WA 98901.

To request an application packet or for more information, call the 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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