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Services Provided

Laboratory Analysis

The Laboratory Services Division offers analytical testing services to determine the chemical quality of water. The following is a sampling of the kinds of tests offered.

Test Parameters Container
Partial Mineral Chemistry Bicarbonate
Calcium
Carbonate
Conductivity
Iron
Magnesium
Manganese
Nitrate
Percent Sodium
pH
Potassium
SAR
Total Alkalinity
Total Hardness
Total Dissolved Solids
Turbidity
One quart plastic or glass
Complete Mineral Chemistry All parameters in the
Partial Mineral Chemistry plus:

Chloride
Fluoride
Sulfate
One quart plastic or glass
Pb & Cu Lead and Copper One quart plastic or glass
Fluoride only Fluoride One pint plastic or glass

Please note: The partial and complete mineral analyses require a sample of at least one quart in a clean plastic or glass container. Do not use a plastic container which has held substances such as bleach, soap or vinegar as the sample could potentially become contaminated. A plastic distilled water container is best. Do not use a metal container or a container with a metal lid.

The mineral analysis will identify dissolved minerals in the water supply. Some of the constituents may pose a health risk while others affect the suitability for washing or other household uses. Mineral constituents will generally be reported as mg/L which is essentially equivalent to parts per million.

Special or unusual requests can possibly be handled and will have a varying price range. Please call for details [(701) 328-6142] or send email to Myra Kosse.

Laboratory Certification

Laboratories that analyze water samples from North Dakota public water systems to determine compliance with requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act must be certified by the North Dakota Department of Health. Laboratories that provide certain other environmental data for use by the Department must have valid certification. Please refer to the laboratory certification guideline document for more information.

How to submit a sample

When submitting samples: Please include your name, address and telephone number. Also include the date the sample was collected and the following demographic information if it is available: The source of the sample (well, stock pond, tap water, etc.) and its use. If it is from a well, please include the county, township, range and section data. Be sure to include the type of analysis requested. Send the samples to the North Dakota Department of Health, PO Box 5520, Bismarck, ND 58506. These analyses generally take approximately two weeks to complete and mail out but on occasion may take longer due to heavy sample load and/or program priority.

If you have any questions please call (701) 328-6142 or send email to Danita Hunke.