The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) conducted a domestic water well project, in partnership with the Kansas Water Office (KWO), Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA), and Kansas Geologic Survey (KGS). This project was a continuation of a groundwater study implemented by KGS in 2009, and focused on analyzing the impacts of naturally-occurring minerals on water used for human consumption from private water wells in the southwest Kansas region. Homeowners within the study area provided voluntary water well samples, using sample equipment provided by KDHE.
The study area included parts of Hamilton, Kearny, Finney, Gray and Ford counties. The samples were analyzed for select parameters related to the study, and the KGS evaluated the results as part of the longer-term study. Wells not used for human drinking water were not part of this project (e.g. lawn and garden, irrigation, livestock, windmill, etc.).