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Environmental Services

The Importance of Private Well Water Testing

Call Wright County Environmental Health for your FREE water test at 515-851-8878.

Why should I test my well water?

Testing your private well on a regular basis is an important part of maintaining a safe and reliable source. The quality of a water source may change over time, even suddenly. Changes can go unnoticed as the water may look, smell, and taste the same. Sandra McGrath, Rn will test your well water for Coliform Bacteria, E-Coli, Nitrates, Sulfates and Arsenic FREE OF CHARGE. They will collect a sample and have it tested at a certified laboratory. Our goal at the Wright County Health Department is to keep the drinking water safe in our community. Regular testing is important to: identify existing problems, ensure water is suitable for the intended use, especially drinking water, determine the effectiveness of a treatment system, and track changes over time.

Public Health Nuisances

Iowa statues states that a public health nuisance is “any activity or failure to act that adversely affects the public’s health.” Wright County Public Health is available to answer questions, provide resources, investigates all complaints and takes appropriate action to remove the nuisance, when necessary. To file a complaint, click HERE to email us or call our office at 515-851-8878

Cost for well or septic permit is $200.00 payable to Wright County Environmental Health.


The U.S. Surgeon General, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommend that every Iowa home be tested for Radon. Radon Tests Kits are available at our office at a reduced price for residents. With each test kit comes useful information about Radon, its effects, and how to best protect your family’s health. Cost of Radon kit is $6.00; while supplies last. More information about Radon at