Well Water Testing

Our certified laboratory offers water testing for the presence or absence of bacteria for a fee of $10.00. This test is collected in a bottle purchased prior to collecting the sample, and brought to our office Monday through Thursday. The results of this bacterial test will be available the next business day at 4:00 p.m.

We also offer the New Well Series to Christian County residences, which is a chemical analysis performed by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) Laboratory that identifies the levels for: pH, nitrate/nitrogen, chloride, sulfate, fluoride, iron, manganese and lead. This test can help residents with private wells determine a baseline for drinking water quality. In addition to the New Well Series, our Health Department staff will collect a bacterial sample to be analyized in our certified laboratory. The fee for this service is $35.00. Complete this form, enclose a check or money order for $35.00 and mail to our office at Christian County Health Department, PO Box 340, Ozark, MO 65721.

Well water should be tested at least once a year. It should also be tested when any of the following conditions exist:

  • Someone in the household becomes pregnant.
  • There is a change in water smell, taste or color.
  • New parts are added to the system, like a new pump, new pipes or a water softener.
  • The well runs dry, and then water comes back.
  • A water treatment system is added to fix a problem.
  • Someone in the household has an unexplained gastrointestinal illness that may be accompanied by vomiting or diarrhea.
  • The well casing is underwater due to flooding.

How to collect your sterile water sample

Complete and submit this form if you need an official water test, such as for the sale of a home.