A total of 250 wells across the District are sampled each year for contaminants. While public water supplies are routinely monitored, water quality in private wells is left to the well owner or well water user; it is for this reason that the URNRD provides district-wide water quality programs.
The URNRD protects drinking water by providing drinking water test kits to individuals in the District for domestic and livestock water wells at no charge. Water samples can be analyzed for multiple contaminants, ensuring the safety of your family's drinking water. Water test kits are available at the main URNRD office and should be returned to the office the same day, if possible, that water samples are taken. Water samples taken with the test kits should be returned to office by 1 p.m. Monday-Wednesday.
It is advised that residents take advantage of the free program and have their drinking water tested for contaminants, namely nitrates. Nitrates can cause infant cyanosis or blue baby disease in infants less than six months old who have been given water that is high in nitrates. Pregnant women, those expecting to be pregnant, and nursing women should also avoid water that contains nitrates at levels of 10ppm or more.
The district's water quality sampling program began in 1974, and more sampling sites were added in 1980. These sites are sampled on an annual basis. In all, 64 domestic wells are sampled for nitrate results.