Domestic Water Sampling
If you live outside of a city water supply how do you know your water is safe to drink?
Download: Rules and Regulations
What do we test for?
Nitrate in water is undetectable without testing because it is colorless, odorless and tasteless. It may attain high levels in some
If the bacteria result is 1 per 100ml or greater is considered unsafe. Bacterial contamination cannot be detected by sight, smell or taste. Coliform bacteria, which are part of our testing method may not cause disease but can be
Who is eligible for testing?
Residents in Box Butte, Dawes, Sheridan and most of Sioux counties who have a private domestic water supply. Testing is FREE and appointments may be made by calling Haley Anders at the UNWNRD office.
What if there is a problem?
The UNWNRD has cost-share available on a
What is Well Decommissioning
Abandoned wells can be a serious threat to the quality of your
Why should I plug my abandoned well?
More than 90% of Nebraskans rely on
Abandoned wells can also be physically hazardous. Small animals and even children can fall into wells that are not properly sealed.
Decommissioning Cost-Share Guidelines:
- All pumps, piping and any other obstructions must be removed from the well site. The cost incurred in this removal is not eligible for cost-share.
- The well shall be decommissioned in compliance with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
- Decommissioning of the well shall be completed within six months of the application approval date.
- All plugging work must be performed by a licensed well driller or pump installer.
Maximumcost-share rate is 75% of the actual cost not to exceed $500 for drilled wells or $700 for hand-dug wells.
- Report the fill materials and quantities used to plug the well to the UNWNRD and the Nebraska Department of Water Resources.
How do I receive well decommissioning cost-share assistance?
- Contact the Upper Niobrara White Natural Resources District office for an application. NO COST-SHARE WILL BE PAID WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL OF AN APPLICATION!
- The landowner must fill out the application form and return it to the UNWNRD office for approval.
- Approval is needed before a certified well driller plugs the well.
- Upon application approval by the UNWNRD, the copy of the application and a verification form will be sent to the landowner. A copy and reporting form for completion by the contractor will also be included.
- The reporting form will be completed by the contractor with information about the fill of the well. The reporting form has two sides to complete and must be notarized.
- Cost-Share will not be paid until all completed forms (application approval, cost verification, reporting form) and a bill indicating all charges have been presented to the UNWNRD office by the landowner or well driller.
Reimbursement is made to the landowner after the claim has been reviewed.