Well Water Testing

Well Water Wise Week Cancelled: 

Due to the current situation, Well Water Wise week has unfortunately been canceled for 2020. Stay tuned for information on when the department’s well water testing services will resume.


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. It is recommended to test for the following: 

  • Coliform Bacteria and Nitrate (annually)
  • Arsenic (at least once)
  • Lead (at least once)
  • Manganese (before a baby drinks the water)

Anoka County’s Well Water Testing Program can test for all of these components, and more. Call the Department for more information on additional components and pricing. 

Testing Kits (Home/Cabin)

Test kits are available in person at the Department, on the 6th floor of the Anoka County Government Center. Test kits for the basic Sanitary Analysis test (tests for coliform bacteria and nitrates) are available at most city halls and a few other locations – see the Water Testing FAQ document for a list of specific locations. Test kits for most other components can only be picked up at the Department.

Sample Submission

Water samples are normally accepted Mondays (8:00 am to 4:15 pm) and Tuesdays (8:00 am to 11:45 am) for bacteriological testing (the basic Sanitary Analysis test or a coliform bacteria re-test). Samples for metals analysis (arsenic, lead, etc.) are normally accepted Monday-Friday (8:00 am to 4:15 pm). Samples are not accepted on holidays. Please call before collecting a sample when there is a holiday.

A fee of $30 will be charged for performing the basic Sanitary Analysis test at the time of sample submission. Cash, credit/debit cards, and checks are all accepted. Please call for current pricing of other components.

See the Water Testing FAQ document for more information on the County’s Well Water Testing Program.