Chatham-Kent is expanding its offer to test well water for residents near a wind turbine construction site that has been the focus of protests.

Residents have called for an investigation into the work being done at the North Kent One wind farm because they believe it's causing sediment to leach into their drinking water. 

Chatham-Kent council voted in August to provide water testing for five individuals who had contacted the provincial Ministry of Environment and Climate Change about their wells. Now, 11 individuals who have contacted the province are eligible to have their water tested, according to a municipal news release.

Residents will have the option of choosing which accredited lab will conduct the water testing. The costs will be borne by the municipality.

Labs test drinking water for microbiological agents, organic chemicals, inorganic chemicals, and other particulate matter.

Residents who are interested in learning more about the testing can contact the office of the mayor or CAO at 519-360-1998.

The company behind the North Kent Wind project is hosting a public meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at 24156 Winter Line Road in Pain Court.