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Just because water appears to be clean, does not mean that invisible contaminants are not present. This is why performing a well water test is important. Water samples are only accurate if they are taken correctly. People must closely follow the instructions that are provided with a well water sampling kit in order to get reliable results.

For those performing a test through the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), an environmentalist may be available to perform a site visit and take the water sample, but be sure to check in with your county office for this service. Water samples are time-sensitive and must be submitted no longer than 24 hours after sampling takes place. Watch the video below for a step-by-step guide to taking a water sample for the ADPH.



After You Test

After you receive your test results, information is available on the Alabama Extension website about treatment options for well water if treatment is needed. Make sure to keep your test results in a safe place for future reference. To view contact information for county Health Department offices, visit Where to Get Your Well Water Tested on the Alabama Extension website.

More Information

For more resources, visit the Private Well Program webpage at ACES.edu.