The Community-Focused Sampling Program, developed as part of the 2020-2030 Groundwater Plan, provides private well owners with water testing from both outdoor and indoor faucets at no cost to the homeowner. Dakota County aims to offer all private well owners a free water test at least once over the next five years.
Dakota County is committed to assisting private well owners in having their drinking water tested, understanding their testing results, and finding and using appropriate water treatments.
The water is tested for contaminants that present health or ecological concerns, such as chloride, nitrate, arsenic, manganese and lead. Water is tested by a certified laboratory, and results are given to private well owners, city and township leaders, and other interested parties. Results help educate private well owners, so their drinking water meets health guidelines.
We want to hear from you
If you've participated in the Community Focused Water Sampling Program, we'd like feedback regarding:
- Installation of water treatment devices after receiving results
- What factors affected their decisions
- Input on how we can improve the program
Complete program survey
City and township water sampling results
Inver Grove Heights
South St. Paul
West St. Paul
Castle Rock Township
Water sampling schedule
2024 – Planned (subject to funding and final workplan approval)