Well Water Testing

The Anoka County Public Health and Environmental Services Department helps Anoka County residents protect their drinking water. One way to assure safe, quality drinking water is by having it tested.


If you have concerns about the ongoing private well water investigation in Andover being conducted by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), please see their website on the topic here: https://www.pca.state.mn.us/andover

Anoka County does not have further information at this time. Please note that the Anoka County Well Water Testing program is not able to test for 1,4-dixoane, which is the chemical that has been found in some of the wells. Further questions can be directed to the MPCA contact listed on the website linked above.

Limited Operations of Well Water Testing – See Important Details Below!

Important Update: Residents can now access the 6th floor via the elevators to drop off their water samples at their appointment time. Please come up the elevator at the Anoka County Government Center to floor 6 and enter the lobby to the left of the elevators at your appointment time. Appointments are still required.

Anoka County Environmental Services is continuing to operate the well water testing program on a limited basis. Water samples for sanitary analysis (bacteria and nitrate), arsenic, and manganese will be accepted one Monday and Tuesday per month with limited hours.  An appointment and pre-payment over the phone will be required. Please see the full details below. The upcoming dates and times for water sample collection will be:

  • Monday, August 22nd, 1 - 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 23rd, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

The 6th floor of the Anoka County Government Center is now accessible to the public. Please come up the elevator to floor 6 and enter the lobby to the left of the elevators at your appointment time.

Below are the criteria for dropping off a sample:

  • Sample kits (sample collection bottle and blue (for sanitary analysis) or yellow (for arsenic or manganese) sampling sheet with instructions) must be obtained ahead of time. Kit locations are listed below.
  • drop-off appointment must be made by calling ahead and paying in advance with a credit card over the phone. No cash or checks allowed, and no credit cards will be accepted the day of drop-off. Call (763) 324-4260 to make an appointment and pay.
  • The blue or yellow sampling sheet must be completed ahead of time. No pens will be available to use at the drop-off counter.
  • Specific water-related questions can be directed ahead of time to Carley Schmidt at (763) 324-4333.
  • Only samples for sanitary analysis (bacteria and nitrate), arsenic and manganese will be accepted at this time. If other testing is desired, it can be performed at a later date, or a private laboratory can be recommended.
  • Samples for sanitary analysis (bacteria and nitrate) must be collected as close to the drop-off time as possible to avoid exceeding the holding time of the sample, which can result in inaccurate results. 
  • Social distancing guidelines and rules of the drop-off area must be respected. 

Water test kits for sanitary analysis are currently available at the following locations during their regular business hours:

  • Andover City Hall*
  • Bethel City Hall (23860 Dewey St NW)
  • Blaine City Hall
  • Blaine Public Works (1801 101st Ave NE, Blaine; (763) 785-6165 – please call ahead)
  • Centerville City Hall
  • Columbus City Hall
  • East Bethel City Hall*
  • Ham Lake City Hall 
  • Lino Lakes City Hall**
  • Linwood Township Hall
  • Nowthen City Hall
  • Oak Grove City Hall*
  • Ramsey City Hall**
  • St. Francis City Hall 

*Denotes location with arsenic test kits in addition to sanitary analysis test kits

**Denotes location with manganese test kits in addition to sanitary analysis test kits.