The private well owner is solely responsible for making sure their water is safe to consume.
A guide to properly collecting a drinking water sample for the Spring 2019 Iowa Well Survey.
NOTE: Always review the instructions provided with the water sampling kit. Some tests require different collection methods.
DID YOU KNOW?
Approximately a quarter million people in Iowa depend on private wells for their household water supply.
Private well water is unregulated, and testing is not required as it is for municipal water systems.
The well owner is responsible for maintaining their well and testing the water supply.
Routine laboratory analysis can determine the presence and concentration of various contaminants in a private drinking water supply.