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Douglas County to subsidize well testing

Participants can have their private wells tested for bacteria, nitrates and metals for $20.

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Douglas County will subsidize the cost of having private wells tested for a baseline on groundwater quality.
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SUPERIOR — Douglas County is looking for people to help build its groundwater quality database.

The Land Conservation Department will be subsidizing the cost of water testing to help determine the quality of groundwater countywide and to educate participants on the safety of their drinking water.

The water is tested for bacteria, nitrates and a complete metals package. Participants pay $20 for the $117 sample package.

The program is open to landowners and renters who get their water from a private well in Douglas County. Sample kits are available on a first come, first served basis.

Select well samples will be analyzed for an expanded list of contaminants. Well samples that show elevated levels of arsenic or hardness may be analyzed for contaminants such as uranium, fluoride, cobalt and others found in the subsurface geology in certain parts of Douglas County. The expanded testing will occur at no additional cost to the participant.


People planning to participate this year must be available to pick up a testing kit from the Land Conservation Office in Room 206 of the Douglas County Courthouse in Superior between Oct. 24 and Oct. 28. Samples must be taken on Monday, Nov. 7, and be dropped off at the courthouse or at the Douglas County Forestry Department in Solon Springs.

To sign up and receive more information, go to douglascountywi.org/welltesting or call 715-395-1380.

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