Glasses of Water

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.