Collecting Your Sample
Run your cold tap for 5—10 minutes
Collect about one cup of water in a clean plastic or glass container such as a sandwich bag
Keep the sample cool
Samples should be collected less than 24 hours prior to the test
Samples should be collected before and after water treatment systems such reverse osmosis. Water softening will have no affect on nitrate levels.
Upcoming FREE Nitrate Water Testing
Do you get your drinking water from a private well?
If so, get your water tested for FREE, with immediate results!
3:00 to 6:00 PM each day
Monday, June 3rd Melrose City Center
(225 1st St NE, Melrose, MN 56352)
Tuesday, June 4th Paynesville City Hall
(221 Washburne Ave, Paynesville, MN 56362)
Wednesday, June 5th Holdingford City Hall
(420 Main Street, Holdingford, MN 56340)
Thursday, June 6th Cold Spring Lions Park
(320 2nd Ave S, Cold Spring, MN 56320)
For more information, call the Stearns County SWCD 320-251-7800 ext. 3
Nitrate Water Testing
Nitrate-nitrogen (referred to as nitrate) is a common contaminant found in many wells throughout Minnesota. Shallow wells, dug wells, and wells with damaged or leaking casings are the most vulnerable to nitrate contamination. Major sources of nitrate contamination can be from fertilizers, animal waste, and human sewage. It is highly recommended to test your drinking water supply on a regular basis.
More Information on Nitrates
MN Department of Agriculture: https://www.mda.state.mn.us/water-testing-nitrate
MN Department of Health: https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/environment/water/wells/waterquality/nitrate.html