Can you test my well?

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment discontinued coliform testing of private well samples on August 1, 1989. Assuring the safety of private drinking water supplies really requires an assessment of the well location and construction as well as a site assessment for potential contaminants. For example, a poorly constructed well could be free of contaminants one day and then become highly contaminated the next after a heavy rainstorm washes contaminants into the well. A single sample is not a true indicator of the overall safety or purity of the water.

A list of private labs to sample well water or test for Cryptosporidium, or Giardia, can be found online.

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1. What is the monitoring period for bacteriological (Total Coliform Rule) compliance?
2. What criteria are used to determine the minimum number of bacteriological samples a Public Water Supply System is required to collect each month?
3. I missed my collection day. What do I do?
4. Can you test my well?
5. What about water supply address or personnel changes?
6. How does the State Laboratory mail out the collection kits?
7. How do I handle collection kits that are delivered while I still have bottles to collect?
8. What can I do if I have sent my sample, but forgot to fill out the collection form?
9. What if there is a small amount of liquid or white powder in the bottle? Is it safe to use?
10. What should I do if the lid on the bottle is loose?
11. I had a positive sample and sent in a box of 3 repeat samples, and now I have another box of 3 samples, what are they for?
12. I collected my sample but forgot to mail it, or I know my sample will be too old. What should I do?
13. Where do I collect the replacement for my rejected sample?
14. How many repeat samples are required following a coliform-positive result and where are they to be collected?