Well Water Tests

Where does your drinking water come from? Roughly 23 million American households count on a private well for drinking water. Did you know, in Nebraska the water from these private wells does not have to be tested or treated? It’s up to you to get your well water tested!

Many people just think their water is safe. Even if everyone seems healthy, there could still be problems with your water. Some groups of people are most at risk when drinking bad water. These are children, pregnant women, infants, and people with certain oxygen issues. Research has shown strong links to various health issues. Some of these are higher heart rate, nausea, headaches, stomach cramps​, blue baby syndrome, pediatric brain tumors, colorectal cancer, miscarriages, and birth defects.

There are different bad things (or contaminants) that could be in your water. One of the most common is nitrates. Right now, the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy (NDEE) has free nitrate sample kits for private drinking water wells. They are only available until January 31, 2024. Learn more here: http://tinyurl.com/4dvt2k7t

Contact your local Natural Resources District (NRD) or Four Corners Health Department for more testing options and information about your well.

Here are some recommended best practices to protect your well!

  • Test Your Water Regularly: It’s recommended to test your water once a year. Also, be sure to do so anytime there’s a change in smell, taste, or color. If a woman in the household becomes pregnant or there are small children, that would also be a good time to test.
  • Look at Your Well: Take a close look at your well at least once a year. Check that it’s sealed and there are no gaps or damage.
  • Keep a Well File: It’s important to keep track of any service, testing, etc. that is done to your well. Log this so you can keep track of what’s been done.
  • Take Care of Your Septic System: Do not put anything down the drain that should not go down it, such as grease or personal hygiene products.

For more information on this topic, go to https://water.unl.edu/category/water-and-health/resources  or www.privatewellclass.org

To get a free nitrate sample kit from the NDEE go to this link: https://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Lab-Price-List.aspx

For questions or to learn more, call Four Corners at 402-362-2621 or 877-337-3573 or email us at info@fourcorners.ne.gov

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