Part of rural living is having and maintaining a well. Homeowners are responsible for maintaining their water well and testing the water quality. This will help prevent contamination from getting into the groundwater. This includes not only properly locating your well site, but also maintaining the integrity of the well and protecting it from contamination. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality recommends homeowners test their water every other year.

For information on properly maintaining your well, see the article in the Barnyards and Backyards magazine: You are responsible for the quality of your domestic well water

2022 Testing Important Dates

TIMELINE

  • Reserve your kit today!
  • Pick-up your kit between June 20-24

SAMPLING DAY: June 30, collect your samples that morning and bring them to the office by 10 am or to the Upton Town Hall by 11 am.

Testing your water

The District offers the following water tests at a 50% cost-share:

OPTIONTEST DESCRIPTIONNEGOTIATED RATEYOUR COST
1Annual Well Maintenance – Bacteria Coliform Presence/Absence, Nitrate + Nitrite as N, Total Dissolved Solids.$90.00$45.00
2Domestic + bacteria test Bacteria/E-Coli Coliform Presence/Absence, Sulfate, Total Hardness, Nitrate, Nitrite, Sodium, Total Dissolved Solids, pH, Fluoride, Chloride$107.00$53.50
3Livestock & irrigation suitability test – Alkalinity, Chloride, Fluoride, Sulfate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium,  Sodium, Nitrate + Nitrite As N, Conductivity, Hardness, pH, Sodium Absorption Ratio, Total Dissolved Solids$87.00$43.50
4Livestock Suitability test Sulfate, Nitrate + Nitrite as N, pH, Total Dissolved Solids$62.00$31.00
5Irrigation Classification test – Metals, Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Conductivity, Sodium Adsorption Ratio$57.00$28.50

Sampling Procedures

Please refer to these sampling instructions to ensure you collet an accurate sample: Water Sampling Procedures and Testing Form Instructions

Results

  • If your sample tests positive tests for bacteria, you will be notified within 48 hours and provided next steps
  • Final test results will be sent out within about 2 weeks

Sample results interpretation

Well Educated: Understanding Your Test Results

Water Quality Interpretation Tool, courtesy of Colorado State University