Water Testing Lab

Bayfield County Health Department is now offering drinking water laboratory services to local municipalities and Bayfield county residents.  Our laboratory services include basic Coliform bacteria, fecal and E-Coli bacteria testing for well water, as well as surface water coliform/E-Coli  bacteria counts.  

To help residents comply with the new water sampling requirement for real estate transactions, we have also partnered with UW-Oshkosh to have their homeowner test kits for nitrate, arsenic, and general chemistry available for pick up at our office.

The Wisconsin DNR recommends you test your private well at least once a year for coliform bacteria contamination and any time you notice a change in how the water looks, tastes or smells. Even if your water looks, tastes, and smells good, it can contain harmful bacteria and viruses.  A change in color or taste can also indicate possible contamination. Wells can become contaminated if the well cap is damaged or broke off, if flooding covers the top of your well, enters a well pit, or recent plumbing repairs if the system was not disinfected adequately.

Testing your water is simple and inexpensive. A basic bacteria test for fecal coliform and E-Coli is $20. Test kits can be picked up at the Bayfield County Health Department, located at 117 E. Sixth St. in Washburn. Test kits are time sensitive and must be dropped off at the lab within 24 hours of taking your water sample. Our lab can accept samples Monday thru Wednesday from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  Additional drop off times can be arranged with one of the Environmental Health staff ahead of time.
If you have questions regarding the safety of your water or our laboratory services please give us a call at (715) 373-6109 ext 275 or email acoy@bayfieldcounty.org.