Water quality in private wells is not regulated by the Bureau of Safe Drinking Water. If your family gets drinking water from a private well, do you know if your water is safe to drink? What health risks could you and your family face? Where can you go for help or advice? The USEPA General Information link below provides basic information on private wells.
- General Information — US EPA External Link
- Shock Chlorinating Your Well
- How to Disinfect Drinking Water
- Water Testing for Private Well Owner
Getting your water analyzed by a certified laboratory
If you would like to analyze the water quality in your private well, please see the list of laboratories who are certified for drinking water analysis in Nevada by the Bureau of Safe Drinking Water's (BSDW) Laboratory Certification program.
Sample Drop-Off Information
If you choose to use the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory to analyze your water sample, then the Nevada State Mail can deliver your sample from BSDW to the lab. Please contact the Nevada State Health Laboratories at (775) 688-1335 for sample bottles. BSDW can only provide Bac T sampling bottles.
- Collect your sample on the same day you bring the samples in.
- BSDW sample drop off time is Monday-Thursday before 1:30 PM.
- Contact BSDW at (775) 687-9521 for further information on dropping off samples.
Additional Resources - Interpretation of your results
If you have specific questions about your drinking water quality contact BSDW (775-687-9521), which is part of the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection.The UNR Water Quality interpreter will help you interpret the results of routine domestic water analysis, performed by a certified drinking water analysis laboratory . The routine domestic water analysis tests for characteristics that could affect health and uses of water.