This time of year, a number of people drop off water sample to check and insure that their well water is safe to drink.

It is always a good idea to regularly test your water, at least once a year.

I really like how this video goes through step by step to give you the best way to collect a representative water sample.

This video really emphasizes the need to do the following:

  • wash your hands
  • run water for 5 minutes
  • keep sample cool once sample is collected

Some other items to keep in mind regarding water testing through Midwest Laboratories:

  • Turnaround time is 3-5 days.
  • Water testing packages are online at the Midwest Laboratories eStore.  These packages include instructions, supplies and return shipping label.
  • With a Midwest Laboratories account, you can have access to all testing history online, available 24×7

This type of testing is very important and it can be valuable information, especially if this water is being consumed by people and animals. By testing the coliform and nitrate levels in the water, people have been able to resolve issues with respect to sickness in livestock, dead spots with respect to lawn and produce and general health.