Environmental Health Services
The Iron County Health Department is an agent for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection. Iron County Environmental Health program conducts inspections and issues permits for restaurants, retail food sales, temporary and mobile restaurants, pools, lodging facilities including vacation homes, bed & breakfast, campgrounds, rec-ed camps, as well as tattoo and body art studios. Non-profit organizations that hold fundraisers involving food may contact us for a Safe Food Handling packet.
Due to the current COVID-19 public health emergency, please call ahead before submitting water samples
Iron County Health Department recommends homeowners, renters and cabin owners have their well tested annually. Our certified water lab can test your water for bacteria and nitrate without the shipping hassle. We can ship out samples for other analytes to our partner lab for you.
The Iron County Health Department Environmental Health Drinking Water Laboratory is certified by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) to conduct bacteriological testing of public and private (wells) drinking water. We are certified by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for nitrate analysis. The lab also monitors the public drinking water supplies of facilities within Iron County under the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) transient non-community water (TNC) system program.
To maintain state certification, the laboratory conducts required proficiency testing and completes required quality assurance and quality control measures.
Iron County Health Department Drinking Water Lab provides convenient, reliable and reasonably priced well water testing for both home and vacation properties. This service is available to anyone; you do not need to be a resident of Iron County. Lab tests completed onsite include total coliform/ E. Coli bacteria and nitrate, with definitive results within 48 hours. Through partnership with UW-Oshkosh ERIC Lab, Iron County offers additional testing options including nitrite, lead and arsenic.
Private Well Testing:
Water testing is an inexpensive and effective way of assuring a safe well water supply. It is estimated that 20-25% of Wisconsin wells have bacterial contamination. Iron County Health Department advises all private well owners to have their well water tested annually for coliform bacteria. If there are infants under 6 months of age or women of childbearing age consuming the well water, a nitrate test is recommended as well.
How do I test my private well drinking water?
Obtain water sample bottles, instructions and test request form from the Iron County Health Department, 502 Copper Street, Suite 2, Hurley, WI 54534
Collect your water sample by following the step by step instructions on the back of the test request form
Submit your sample(s) to the Health Department within 24 hours of collection. Test request form(s) and applicable fees must be submitted with the sample(s) to: ICHD
Drop off hours are Monday - Thursday 8:00am to 4:00pm. Schedule subject to change during holidays.
Iron County Environmental Health Drinking Water Fees for Private Drinking Water Samples
Total Coliform/E. Coli - $20
Nitrate - $20
Both Coliform and Nitrate -$35
Arsenic - $25
Lead - $35
Please contact us if you need Iron County to collect the sample, additional fees apply for that service.