Nitrate samples are collected each year at pivots, monitoring wells, and domestic wells. These samples are tested at the MNNRD office and also sent to Ward Labs in Kearney. In 2015, over 350 samples were collected. District wide the average nitrate level was 4.7 parts per million (ppm). This is below the safe drinking water level of 10 ppm set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency. However the range across the district was from 0.1 ppm - 45 ppm.
If you would like your domestic well tested for nitrates, please follow the steps below:
- Allow your water to run for 5-10 minutes
- Rinse a clean container several times with the water to be sampled
- Using care to not touch the inside of the container or lid, collect your sample and keep in a cool location until you can drop the sample off at the MNNRD office.
Also look for the MNNRD booth at the Ranch Expo in Bassett and the Cherry and Brown county fairs as nitrate testing will be available.
Water analysis is available through Ward Laboratories, Inc. in Kearney, NE. Please pick up a water sample bottle from the MNNRD office. The following analyses are available:
-Irrigation Water Quality
-Household Complete Mineral Test
-Household Mineal Test
-Household Coliform Bacteria