Health Department Offers Well Water Test Kits for Homeowners
Effective Wednesday, November 25, 2015
The Ozaukee County Public Health Department is advising private well owners to check the health of their wells by testing for bacteria, arsenic and hardness. The Health Department and Water Diagnostics Labs offer kits for analysis of well water. Each family that purchases a bacteria or arsenic test kit will receive a free water hardness test. Analytical services will be completed by Water Diagnostics Labs.
Homeowners may purchase the test kits at the Health Department during normal work hours (8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.) or directly from Water Diagnostics Labs. Then, homeowners sample their well water and return the sample(s) with the completed water test form(s) to the Health Department or to the lab. Laboratory results will only be sent to homeowners.
Lab Contact Information
Water Diagnostics Labs, LLC.
11402 N. Port Washington Road
Mequon, WI 53092
Safe, contaminant-free water is one of the most vital resources Wisconsin citizens have for drinking and cooking. Municipalities regularly test their drinking water supplies to ensure they are safe. But with private wells, it's the owner's responsibility. Wisconsin has approximately 1 million private wells, most of which are not tested for bacteria or arsenic on a periodic basis.
In recent years homeowners in the Ozaukee County have become aware of arsenic in well water. Health Department staff has addressed hundreds of inquiries regarding arsenic testing and results interpretation. Arsenic consumption at levels above the federal standard can cause urinary tract cancers, hair loss, tremors, numbness, and skin abnormalities.
"Testing well water is one of the easiest things private well owners can do to take care of the health and well-being of themselves and their loved ones," said Dan Ziegler, Environmental Health Specialist with the Ozaukee County Public Health Department. "We are urging residents to come down to the Health Department and pick up a low cost well test kit of their choice.”
Other water tests are available. Please call Water Diagnostics Labs for more information.