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.

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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.

Changes to Operations for Well Water Testing – See Details Below!

Anoka County Environmental Services has expanded the well water testing program’s capacity by increasing the collection hours and offering more analyses. 

On September 12, 2022 our collection dates will be every Monday (9:00am - 4:00pm) and Tuesday (9:00am - 11:30am) excluding holidays. Additionally, we will now accept tests for the following contaminants:

  • Sanitary Analysis (Bacteria and Nitrates)
  • Arsenic
  • Chloride
  • Copper
  • Fluoride
  • Total hardness
  • Iron & Iron bacteria
  • Lead
  • Manganese
  • Mercury
  • Conductivity
  • Sulfate
  • Phosphorus 

The 6th floor of the Anoka County Government Center is accessible to the public. Please come up the elevator to floor 6 and enter the lobby to the left of the elevators to pick up testing kits and drop-off your sample.

Below are the criteria for dropping off a sample:

  • Water test kits for metals analysis must be obtained ahead of time, and are currently available for pick-up at the 6th floor of the Anoka County Government Center in the Public Health and Environmental Services Office.
  • Sample kits for sanitary analysis must also be obtained ahead of time. Kit pick-up locations are listed below.
  • A drop-off appointment can be made by calling ahead and paying in advance with a credit card over the phone.  Call (763) 324-4260 to make an appointment and pay.
  • Although payment over the phone and a scheduled appointment is appreciated; We will now also be accepting drop-offs and payment without calling ahead during the collection dates and times listed above.
  • Specific water-related questions can be directed ahead of time to Michael Wagner at (763) 324-4207.
  • Samples for sanitary analysis (bacteria and nitrate), and the contaminants listed above are 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

Other Well Water Testing Options 

If test results are needed quickly (turnaround time for samples submitted through the Anoka County program is approximately 3-4 weeks at this time), or if you need analyses done on a contaminant that we do not offer testing for, a list of private, state-accredited water testing laboratories is available under 'Related Documents' on the right hand side of this webpage.