Summer/Fall 2022 Well Water Testing

The Anoka County Public Health and Environmental Services Department helps Anoka County residents protect their drinking water. One way to assure safe, quality drinking water is by having it tested. It is recommended to test for bacteria and nitrate on an annual basis.

The Anoka County Well Water Testing program will continue to operate on a limited basis. In addition to the sanitary analysis (bacteria and nitrate), samples for arsenic and manganese will continue to be accepted. 

An important update regarding the program: Residents can now access the 6th floor via the elevators to drop off their water samples at their appointment time. Please come up the elevator at the Anoka County Government Center to floor 6 and enter the lobby to the left of the elevators at your appointment time. Appointments are still required.

Water samples for sanitary analysis (bacteria and nitrate), arsenic, and manganese will be accepted on the dates below with limited hours. Water samples for other analyses (lead, iron, etc.) will not be accepted at this time. An appointment and pre-payment over the phone are still required. Please continue reading for full details. The upcoming dates and times for water sample drop-off will be:

  • Monday, August 22, 1-4 pm
  • Tuesday, August 23, 9-11:30 am
  • Beginning September 12, 2022 we will resume normal collection dates of every Monday (8:00am – 4:15pm) and Tuesday (8:00am – 11:30am).

The 6th floor of the Anoka County Government Center is now accessible to the public. Please come up the elevator to floor 6 and enter the lobby to the left of the elevators at your appointment time.

Below are the criteria for dropping off a sample:

  1. Test kits (sample collection bottle and blue (for sanitary analysis) or yellow (for arsenic or manganese) sampling sheet with collection instructions) must be obtained ahead of time. Test kit pick-up locations are listed below.
  2. A drop-off appointment must be made by calling ahead and paying in advance with a credit card over the phone. No cash or checks allowed, and no credit cards will be accepted the day of drop-off. Call (763) 324-4260 to make an appointment and pay.
  3. The blue or yellow sampling sheet must be completed ahead of time. No pens will be available to use at the drop-off counter.
  4. Specific water-related questions can be directed ahead of time to Michael Wagner at (763) 324-4207.
  5. Only samples for sanitary analysis (bacteria and nitrate), arsenic, and manganese will be accepted at this time. If other testing is desired, it can be performed at a later date, or a private laboratory can be recommended.
  6. Samples for sanitary analysis (bacteria and nitrate) must be collected as close to the drop-off time as possible to avoid exceeding the holding time of the sample, which can result in inaccurate results.
  7. Social distancing guidelines must be respected, and rules of the drop-off area must be followed.

Water test kits for sanitary analysis (bacteria and nitrate) are currently available at the following locations:

  • Andover City Hall *
  • Bethel City Hall (23860 Dewey St NW)
  • Blaine City Hall
  • Blaine Public Works (1801 101st Ave NE, Blaine; (763) 785-6165 – please call ahead)
  • Centerville City Hall
  • Columbus City Hall
  • East Bethel City Hall *
  • Ham Lake City Hall
  • Lino Lakes City Hall **
  • Linwood Township Hall
  • Nowthen City Hall
  • Oak Grove City Hall *
  • Ramsey City Hall **
  • St. Francis City Hall

*Denotes location with arsenic test kits in addition to sanitary analysis test kits.

**Denotes location with manganese test kits in addition to sanitary analysis test kits.

This information is also available on the official Anoka County website (www.anokacounty.us/water).

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