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Free Nitrate Testing for Well Water April 24

March 9, 2020

If you get your water from a house held well you are among the thousands of people in Scott County who rely on groundwater reserves for their drinking water, and should consider getting your water tested for nitrates.  Nitrate is a common contaminant found in many wells throughout Minnesota.  It can get into your drinking water from septic tank leaks, sewage, fertilizer runoff, and erosion of natural deposits. Wells that are the most vulnerable to nitrates are shallow or dug wells, wells with damaged casings, and wells located in areas with sandy soils where groundwater can flow quickly and sediment isn’t picked up as easily by thick soil.

Where | Scott SWCD Friday, April 24th from 8:00 am - 7:00 pm


Bring your water sample to the Scott SWCD’s free walk-in clinic at the Scott County Fairgrounds in Jordan. Last year, the event tested over 200 water samples throughout the county!  This event is sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Scott Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), and is held in conjunction with the Scott SWCD tree pickup and seedling sale. This clinic is free and open to the public; no appointments are necessary.

How to take your sample

- Collect the water anytime within 24 hours of the clinic

- Run the cold tap faucet for three (3) minute

- Collect about one cup of water in a plastic baggie (double bagged) or a clean jar


When you arrive, submit your sample. Once the sample is able to be tested you will have results in 5 to 10 minutes, so you will have results while you wait.  You may also collect neighbors’ or relatives’ samples and bring them in for analysis.

If you have a water treatment unit that reduces or removes nitrate—such as a reverse osmosis unit or a distiller—feel free to collect a sample before treatment and after treatment to ensure your system is working properly. If you have a water softener in your home, it is not necessary to collect a sample from before that treatment, as softeners do not reduce nitrate.


Why test for nitrate? 
High levels of nitrates in drinking water can cause serious health risk to infants and adults. Everyone who gets their water from a private well is encouraged to have their water tested for nitrate. But it is especially important if infants will be using the water, due to the way nitrate affects how blood carries oxygen. Even if you have had your well water tested in the past, it is recommended that you get the water tested every two years.  


For more INFO visit the Minnesota Department of Health Website


Scott SWCD @ Scott County Fairgrounds

7151 190 St. W

Jordan, MN 55352


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