Water Testing and Analysis

The First District Water Lab is located in the Minot office and accepts water samples Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  Samples can be dropped off any time on those days between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.  Click here to view the water testing calendar.


Samples submitted for bacteriological testing must be submitted in an First District Health Unit-supplied bottle.  You may stop by or call any First District office to obtain a bottle, but samples must be submitted to the water lab in Minot.  Samples submitted for bacteriological testing in a non-approved bottle will not be tested.


Samples submitted for Routine Chemistry Water Analysis need to include at least one quart of water and need to be accompanied by a water sample submission form.  Use a clean container made of glass or plastic that has not previously been used to store bleach, soap, or vinegar.  Do not use a metal container.  Wash the container with soap and water, rinse 4-5 times with the water to be tested, then fill the container to the top before capping it.

General Testing and Services AvailableFees
Bacteriological Water Analysis (presence/absence) - standard 48 hour test$30.00 (double charge on non-testing days)
Bacteriological Water Analysis (presence/absence) - 18 hour test$45.00 (double charge on non-testing days)
Recreational Water Analysis for Swimming Pools and Spas (bacteriological presence/absence, Heterotrophic Plate Count)$35.00 (double charge on non-testing days)
Routine Chemistry Water Analysis: Conductivity, Iron, Manganese, Nitrates, pH, estimated Sodium, Sulfates, Total Dissolved Solids, Total Hardness, Chloride$85.00
Agricultural Water Analysis: Conductivity, Iron, Nitrates, pH, Estimated Sodium, Total Dissolved Solids, Hardness, Calcium, Magnesium, Chloride$60.00
Livestock Water Analysis: Conductivity, Nitrates, pH, Total Dissolved Solids, Sulfates$30.00
Individual Chemistry Tests: pH/Conductivity/Total Dissolved Solids; Sulfates; Iron; Manganese; Nitrates, Estimated Sodium, Total Hardness; Calcium/Magnesium; Chloride; Chlorine; Fluoride; Potassium$15.00 each test
Quantitative Bacteriological Analysis$45.00
Lead Testing for Water (sent away)$45.00

Testing is subject to availability.  Additional charges may be incurred for special requests.


The First District Health Unit (FDHU) lab is a state-certified facility that routinely tests water samples.  Municipal water supplies are tested for compliance with local, state and federal regulations.


For questions regarding the water lab, contact:


Jayme Calavera, REHS/RS: (701) 837-5119 or jcalavera@nd.gov


Becky Fred: (701) 837-5121 or bfred@nd.gov


Lisa Otto-Westman, Director of Environmental Health: (701) 837-5124 or ecotto@nd.gov


For more information on drinking water quality please visit the following websites: