Water Quality Testing
Bayfield County Health Department offers on-site bacteriological testing for both public and private water supplies. We can also do bacteria testing for surface water samples.
Test kits are available at the Bayfield County Health Department during regular business hours. Cost is $20 per sample. Samples are accepted Monday - Wednesday from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Other sampling times may be arranged.
Clean, safe drinking water is one of the most important elements of good health. Testing well water on an annual basis is one of the easiest things a private well owner can do to take care of their health and the health of their loved ones.
For more information on our laboratory capabilities please call us at 715-373-6109 or email our staff.
Surface water may be tested for E. coli. The only natural habitat of E. coli is the intestinal tract of warm-blooded animals. The recreational water guideline is less than 235 MPN/100 mL. An advisory is recommended between and 235 MPN/100 mL and 1000 MPN/100 mL. A closure is recommended at greater than 1000 MPN/100 mL.