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Wood County UW-Extension

400 Market St

Wisconsin Rapids, WI

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The Wood County Health Department and UW-Extension are offering well water testing to homeowners in the Town of Saratoga at the request of Town Officials. A Town of Saratoga monitoring well at the location of Hwy 13 and Tower Rd measured greater than the nitrate-nitrogen standard of 10 mg/L. Nearby residents who have not had their water tested recently are being encouraged to test in order to see whether their well water is affected as well.


How Does It Work?

Step 1. Register (Before Friday, March 10th)

Registration and payment is required to participate. You may register here online with a credit card. Or, you may return the form you received in the mail with a check. As part of the registration process, you will need to choose a water testing package:

Basic Homeowner Package ($49): Tests for coliform bacteria, nitrate, chloride, pH, total hardness, alkalinity, conductivity, and saturation index. This is the basic test package that is recommended for all private wells.

Nitrate & Chloride Only ($26): Tests for nitrate and chloride. Sources of nitrate are fertilizers, manure/other bio-solids, and/or septic systems. Natural levels of nitrate are generally less than 2 mg/L. Levels above 2 mg/L provide some indication to what degree land-use is impacting well water quality and can be used to understand whether well water quality is changing over time. Chloride is also another indicator of land use impacts; sources include fertilizers, septic systems and/or road salt. Levels above 10 mg/L provide evidence of impacts. Routine measurement of both nitrate and chloride are useful for understanding whether groundwater quality is changing over time.


Step 2. Receive Well Water Kit (Monday, March 13th)

Kits will be delivered by staff from the county health department or UW-Extension the afternoon of March 13th.

Step 3. Collect Water Sample & Drop Off (Monday, March 20th)

On Monday morning you will need to collect your water sample and return it to the Wood County UW-Extension, Rm 102, Courthouse, 400 Market Street or Saratoga Mini Mart, 8810 Hwy 13S. Samples will be analyzed at the UW-Stevens Point Water and Environmental Analysis Laboratory which is state certified to perform routine water tests of interest to well users.

Step 4. Receive and learn about your results

Your sample results will be mailed to you approximately 2-3 weeks after the lab receives your sample. Interpretive information will be mailed along with your results. If you have additional questions you will be able to contact a UW-Extension water quality specialist for assistance.

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Wood County UW-Extension

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Wisconsin Rapids, WI

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