The Private Well Class celebrated 2018’s National Groundwater Awareness Week with the 3rd annual Pledge to Test campaign. Well owners were invited to pledge to get their well water tested. One participant was randomly selected to be reimbursed for the cost of testing the private well water at their residence, up to $200. The randomly selected winner was Chad H. from Bellevue, WA. Chad owns a cabin that has a private well. We wanted to find out what Chad’s water testing experience was like and what sort of challenges he faced. Chad had his well water tested at AM Test Laboratories in Kirkland, WA. Q: How did you hear about the Pledge to Test campaign from The Private Well Class? CH: I heard about it via your Partner Newsletter. Q: What made you interested in testing your private well water? CH: I was concerned about family health and safety. I grew up on farms in the Midwest and had well water. With all the chemicals used on the farm ground, testing was something that was done, but not routinely, due to access to sample testing locations. Q: What was the most challenging thing about collecting the sample or getting the test bottles? CH: The most challenging thing was the about taking a sample was the proximity to the water testing laboratory. It is over 3 hours away from the house we had sampled. The house is cabin of ours. Q: What was one thing about taking a sample that surprised you? CH: Nothing really surprised me when taking this sample. Q: After you received the results, was there anything that you changed in your home? Like adding a filtration system? CH: Our water tests came back negative, meaning nothing was needed for system changes. Our current system includes a sediment filter. Q: What piece of advice would you tell other private well owners about testing their well water, other than to get it tested? CH: I would recommend setting up a routine, like when changing clocks and/or smoke alarm batteries as a reminder. It is easy to forget about, especially if nothing is noticed regarding the taste or smell of home. Testing is easy, although can be potentially expensive due to proximity to lab(s) and/or testing fees.