The Land Conservation Department is looking for Douglas County residents to take part in in its annual subsidized well water testing program as part of its groundwater quality study.

The goal of the study is to educate Douglas County residents on the safety of their drinking water and create a countywide water quality report.

The test checks for bacteria, nitrates and metals. The value of the test is more than $100, but the cost for residents who participate is $20. The program is available to landowners and renters who rely on a private well in Douglas County.

Participants must register at 715-395-7266 or and must pick up a testing kit from the Land Conservation Office in the Douglas County Courthouse between Wednesday, Oct. 13 and Tuesday, Oct. 19. Samples must be collected and returned to the courthouse or Solon Springs Community Center by Oct. 25.

Results of the testing are provided to participants at a later date.