STAMFORD, Conn. — The city will test private wells in Stamford until the end of December 2015, the Board of Representatives decided Monday night.
The vote to approve the extension was unanimous.
The ordinance was put in place in 2011 with a sunset clause to stop testing at the end of this year. The board can continue, adjust or end the testing as it sees fit. The board wanted to decide early so the mayor could budget the laboratory technician position into his spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year.
The idea to test wells became an issue after pesticides were found in North Stamford in 2009.
Under the ordinance, the city is able to test up to 750 wells per year, and residents are allowed to request a test every two years. The tests cost $100, and residents requesting a first test will be given priority.
About 1,800 residents have signed up to have their wells tested, according to the city’s website. The city has also worked out a deal to offer an alternative testing program that costs more but will also send their results to the city.
The alternative program will expire at the end of the year, but there is a chance to extend it as well.
More information on the testing can be found on the city’s Health Laboratory Division website.