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Water Testing for Private Wells

Water Testing Procedure during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Bacteria: $20.00- We accept cash or check. Checks can be made out to VCHD.
Nitrate: $20.00- We accept cash or check. Checks can be made out to VCHD.
Arsenic $29.00- This must be a check made out to LCHD Laboratory or cash.

We will not be accepting water samples in person during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have placed a cooler labeled "Water Samples" outside the side door of the Erlandson Office Building for kits and samples to be placed in. This is the side door by the parking lot near the dumpster.

Call us at (608) 637-5251 to request a water kit. We will take your name and what tests you would like completed. We will put your name on the kit and place it in the cooler for you to pick up. We will accept samples Monday-Thursday during our normal business hours 8:30 am-4:fpm. The kit will contain the bottles, a test request form, and a Private Well Water Test request form.

Once you take the sample, following the instructions on the back of the Water Test Request Form, bring it back to the Health Department. Make sure to fill the bottles to the fill lines indicated on the bottles and the water test request form. Place the filled bottle, completed paperwork, and payment in the plastic bag. Place the bag in the cooler located at the Erlandson Office Building and return to your car. Call the Health Department at (608) 637-5251. A staff member will come out and take the sample to ensure that there is enough water in the bottle, forms are filled out properly, and payment has been left. The staff member will call you back to let you know if the sample is accepted.

Forty percent of Wisconsin residents get their drinking water from private wells. It is recommended that all wells used for drinking water test for bacteria and nitrate annually or anytime there is a change in appearance, odor, or taste. It is also recommended to test for arsenic at least once, more frequently if arsenic is found in the sample. 

Vernon County Health Department is a DATCP Certified Water Testing Laboratory for Bacteria. We also accept nitrate and arsenic samples for analysis at other laboratories. 

Water test kits can be picked up during our normal office hours of Monday -Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Water samples can be submitted Monday –Thursday, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

The cost of testing at the Vernon County Health Department is:
  • Bacteria  
  • Nitrates
  • Arsenic (Paid to La Crosse County) 

(Prices subject to change – see link below)

                                              Cash or Check Only

The cost of testing at La Crosse County Health Department can be found at

Bottles for testing through the state lab of hygiene can be found here: