Water Testing

The laboratory performs water potability and inorganic anion tests for both private well owners and public water systems throughout the region. Public Water Systems are required to meet Colorado Primary Drinking Water Regulations. Water from private wells is not monitored for quality by government agencies. Wells are directly linked to groundwater and they can become contaminated if agricultural chemicals, runoff from animal enclosures, fuels, household wastes, or other contaminants accidentally enter them. It is the responsibility of the homeowner who owns a private well to periodically test their well for contamination. Water testing helps ensure that your drinking water is safe.

EPCPH Laboratory does not provide water collection services. Real estate agents, homeowners or buyers can collect and deliver the water sample using our water collection kit. In a real estate transaction it is the lender who determines what testing is required. Check with the lender if there are third-party collection requirements.

Safe Drinking Water Act

  • The federal Safe Drinking Water Act doesn’t apply to private wells, only to public drinking water systems.
  • Individual well owners have primary responsibility for the safety of the water drawn from their wells.
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Water Testing Resources

Samples must be returned to El Paso County Public Health Laboratory.

Teller County Public Health and Environment (Bacteriological and Inorganic Anions)

(above The Market at Divide)

11115 Hwy 24 West Unit 2C
Divide, CO 80814

Community Development Services (Bacteriological only)

800 Research Drive
Woodland Park, CO 80863

Falcon Fire Station #3 (Bacteriological and Inorganic Anions)

7030 Old Meridian Road
Falcon, CO 80831

Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection District (Bacteriological only)

(Main Entrance Foyer)

16055 Old Forest Point
Monument, CO 80132

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