Well Water Testing

All well water testing can be done through the lab at the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE). It is very easy to order a test kit online through their online order form. Find additional information about water testing through their informative page: Homeowner Water Testing.

Well Water Information

Public water systems are required to treat drinking water to federal quality standards. However, it is up to private well owners to make sure their water is safe.

About 15% of Americans have their own sources of drinking water, such as wells, cisterns, and springs. Unlike public drinking water systems serving many people, they do not have experts regularly checking the water's source and its quality before it is sent through pipes to the consumer. If your family gets drinking water from your own well, do you know if your water is safe to drink? What health risks could you and your family face? Where can you go for help or advice? View Home Owner Well Water Testing Options.

Knowing the basics about water wells is important whether you are planning a well, are a new well owner or have owned a well for a long time. Knowing the basics can equip you to make sound decisions about your water well system. View Water Well Basics to learn the basics about water well systems.

Sign up for the free, monthly tip sheet: Mailing List.

The free, monthly Private Well Owner Tip Sheet is provided to you by the National Ground Water Association with the support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This one-page tip sheet will include practical information on how to reduce risks to your water supply through:

  • Proper well construction.
  • Regular well maintenance.
  • Regular water testing and treatment, if necessary.
  • Groundwater protection.

Groundwater Diagram

Many serious problems (bacteria, heavy metals, nitrates, radon, and many chemicals) can only be found by laboratory testing of water.

Water Systems Council Offers Hotline for Well Owners

Well owners with questions about wells or well water can call the new Wellcare® Hotline operated by the Water Systems Council, a national organization focused on well systems not regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act. The hotline can be reached by phone at 888-395-1033. Visit the Wellcare website for more information. The Water Systems Council website has additional resources.