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 Available||Fees|
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Becky Fred: (701) 837-5121 or email@example.com
Lisa Otto-Westman, Director of Environmental Health: (701) 837-5124 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on drinking water quality please visit the following websites: