Well Water Testing
Just like a car's maintenance record, you should keep a log of all work done to a well. Creating a record of maintenance, repairs, testing, and changes to the well helps users from the headache of having to dig up records and information. If problems arise, diagnosis and treatment may be easier and swifter with access to the well history. Buyers will see more value in a well that has a record than one that does not.
Prior to having your water tested, you should assess potential contamination sources to the well. The Great Lakes Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP) is partnering with our SWCD to provide FREE private well assessments. Learn more about well water assessment here: http://www.greatlakesrcap.org/.
Sign Up for an assessment here: sign-up form
Other testing options
State Department of Health water test kit form
For a list of Indiana Certified Drinking Water Laboratories, click here.
The Private Well Class- Free Well Care Classes for private well owners- http://privatewellclass.org/
The National Groundwater Association- General information, videos, lessons, and resources for well owners- http://www.wellowner.org/
Indiana State Department of Health- Water Supply information- Information on certified labs, ISDH Laboratory and other great information- http://www.in.gov/isdh/20408.htm
Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Water- Groundwater/Wells Frequently Asked Questions- Information on well construction, well drillers, and water rights - http://www.state.in.us/dnr/water/3482.htm
Indiana Geological Survey-Groundwater and geology of Indiana- https://igs.indiana.edu/groundwater/
Hamilton County Health Department Well Drinking Water Testing
All new or repaired wells in Hamilton County are required to be permitted. Once a well is drilled or repaired, it must be sampled to ensure a safe drinking water supply. The Hamilton County Health Department will sample the well using the Indiana State Health Department laboratory or applicants may use a state certified laboratory for water sample analysis. Visit the Hamilton County Well Water Supply Program website for more info or call (317) 776-8500.
How to get your water tested?
Stop by our office to pick up sample bottles. We are located on the Fairgrounds in Noblesville next to the Humane Shelter and Hazardous Waste Facilities.
Samples must be collected according to a specific procedure and in special bottles. Call or stop by the SWCD office in Noblesville to see what options are available to you and how to proceed.
Samples need to be dropped off by 12 pm on Friday for delivery. Bacteria samples will not be accepted if they are not collected according to directions. This includes collections from the tap on Friday and immediately brought to office for delivery.
Tests and Fees
Nitrate/Inorganic Suite — Cost $35
Includes nitrate, nitrite, ammonia, sulfate, chloride, fluoride, soluble phosphorus, silica, TDS and conductivity
Pesticide Immunoassay Screens — Cost $70
Detects major herbicides Triazines & Lasso/Dual, can detect atrazine (Aatrex), simazine (Princep), alachlor (Lasso), metolachlor (Dual), & acetochlor (Harness)
Metals — Cost $85
Includes antimony, arsenic, barium, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, lead, selenium, aluminum, copper, iron, manganese, silver, zinc, nickel, sodium, calcium, strontium, cobalt, magnesium, potassium, and
Certified Laboratory Sampling
Bacteria — Cost $15
total coliform and Escherichia coli (E. coli)- positive or negative results
Nitrates — Cost $15
nitrate + nitrite as N
Simple Metals — Cost $25
arsenic, lead, and copper
Radionuclides — Cost $105
screen for gross alpha & beta particles, Uranium, and Radium-228
+ Handling Fee $10
We ship or deliver the test straight to the lab, so you don’t have to worry…just drop samples off by Friday at 12 pm for delivery
Service fee of $70 when we take the water sample from the source for you
Discount: A $5 discount will be applied to each additional test beyond the first one, when ordered at the same time.
Different water filters have different functions. Some can make your water taste better, while others can filter out harmful chemicals or germs. No single filter can keep every type of contaminant out of your drinking water, and not everyone needs a water filter.
Most water can be treated if it contains something of concern. We can assist you with finding the right type of treatment to address your water quality concerns.
CDC Treatment Technologies (pdf)