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Free nitrate and arsenic screening to be offered for owners of private wells at Buhl health fair February 19

Monday, February 11, 2019

TWIN FALLS — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is partnering with the City of Buhl to offer free nitrate and arsenic screening to private well owners at the Buhl Community Health and Information Fair on Tuesday, February 19, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Popplewell Elementary School located at 200 N. 6th Ave.

To participate in the free screening, well owners are advised to take the following steps on the morning of February 19:

  • Identify a source that is not connected to a treatment device (water softener, carbon filter, or other filtration system). An outside faucet or hydrant works best.
  • Locate two clean glass jars with lids or Ziploc bags to collect the water samples. Label the outside with your name or address, date, and well name (garden well or house well). Separate samples are needed to screen for nitrate and arsenic.
  • Allow the water to run 5-10 minutes to empty the pressure tank so water comes directly from the aquifer, which leads to more accurate results.
  • In separate containers, collect 1/2 cup of water for nitrate and 2 cups for arsenic.
  • Keep the samples cool.

Magic Valley Labs sample bottles will be available at the health fair for those who would like to submit samples for a more accurate analysis. Instructions and cost information will be available.

For more information, contact Irene Nautch at DEQ's Twin Falls Regional Office at (208) 736-2190 or email For free online classes and webinars offered to well owners nationwide, visit

Media Contact

Drinking Water Protection Coordinator
Irene Nautch
DEQ Twin Falls Regional Office
650 Addison Avenue West, Suite 110
Twin Falls, ID 83301
(208) 736-2190

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