NW Mineralization Study


The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has teamed with the geosciences department at Fort Hays State University (FHSU) to determine the distribution and concentrations of uranium and other minerals in private drinking water wells completed in alluvial aquifers along Prairie Dog Creek in Norton and Phillips Counties, Sappa Creek in Decatur County, and Beaver Creek in Rawlins County. Unlike public drinking water wells that are routinely sampled for contaminants that may exceed health standards, private drinking water wells have no testing requirements.

This study offers private well owners the opportunity to have their wells tested for common mineral contaminants and allows KDHE to understand the extent of the mineral contamination issue in the area and inform the public of the condition of their drinking water. Other minerals in the study include:

  • Arsenic
  • Selenium
  • Nitrate
  • Chloride
  • Iron
  • Manganese
  • Sulfate


The project will be conducted over a two-and-a-half-year period. Public outreach by KDHE and sampling by FHSU is scheduled to begin this summer.

Additional Information

Well owners within the study area will receive a letter from Fort Hays State University (FHSU) with information pertaining to this study, as well as information regarding how FHSU will collect a sample from your private water well. This letter can be easily identified by its inclusion of a Well ID Number in the subject line.

Please see the sampling schedule for more information on when things are happening in your county.

If you have questions about the letter you may have received and what to do next, please contact FHSU at 785-628-5349.


FHSU will send a letter containing individual sample results to well owners four to six weeks following sample submittal. If you have received your results and you have questions, please contact KDHE at 785-296-7770.