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Phone: (920) 424-3148
Fax: (920) 424-0832
Email: eric@uwosh.edu

Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Physical Address:
783 Pearl Avenue
Oshkosh, WI 54901

Mailing Address:
UW Oshkosh ERIC
800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901

Well Water Testing

We provide well water testing and bacteriological and chemical analysis for all types of water systems. We also offer town-based testing programs, individually designed to assist municipalities with resident water testing requirements. Our staff is available to provide knowledge on a number of well water questions regarding safety of the water, well maintenance, and other well-related issues.

Tests commonly requested at our facility include:

Arsenic is a semi-metal element that is odorless and tasteless. It enters drinking water supplies from natural deposits in the earth or from agricultural and industrial practices.   The maximum allowable level of arsenic in potable water is less than 10 micrograms (ug)/ 1 liter (L) of water.

Click here for more information from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources regarding arsenic in drinking water.

Bacteriological testing we preform consists of analysis of drinking and surface water for E. coli and Total Coliforms. This particular test method allows us to analyze for presence/absence and also quantify E. coli and Total Coliforms.

Click here for more information about bacteria in well water from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Hard water is created when minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, enter drinking water supplies from natural deposits in the earth. Both ends of the spectrum can be an aesthetic problem, though it does not pose a significant health risk.

Soft water is corrosive, while hard water causes lime buildup and scaling. Hard water also decreases soap effectiveness when used for laundering or other cleaning purposes.

The present recommended limit for iron in water, 0.3 mg/l (ppm), is based on taste and appearance rather than on any detrimental health effect. Water with an excess of iron may have a metallic taste and an offensive odor.

It may also cause red, brown, or yellow staining and clogging in household fixtures such as bathtubs and sinks.

Click here for more information from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources on iron in well water.

Nitrite is a form of nitrogen that may be an indication of recent fecal contamination in the water supply. Typically, this test is conducted when a new well is installed or when pump maintenance occurs. The maximum allowable level of nitrite in potable water is less than 1.0 milligram (mg)/ 1 liter (L) of water.

ERIC is state-certified by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) to conduct analysis of Nitrate + Nitrite in drinking water.

Nitrate in drinking water has the capability of causing health risks, especially to pregnant women and small children, and is therefore beneficial to test for if the primary water consumption is from a well.

Click here for more information regarding nitrate in drinking water from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

State Certifications

ERIC is Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection (DATCP) certified for bacteriological testing including analysis for E. coli and Total Coliforms in surface water and drinking water.

It also is Wisconsin DNR state certified for arsenic and Nitrate + Nitrite – N in drinking water.

Homeowner's Package

For those interested in getting a wide range of tests to find out about their water quality pick up a water testing kit.

The Homeowner’s Package includes testing for bacteria, nitrate, arsenic, iron, pH and alkalinity.

Please contact the lab for pricing.

Request Sampling, Testing and Analysis

If you would like to have your well water tested, feel free to stop by our ERIC lobby to pick up a Homeowner’s Package water testing kit.

If you would prefer to have one of our water quality specialists sample your water, or if you would prefer we mail a water kit to you, please feel free to contact us.

Municipality Water Testing

We can coordinate with town-based testing programs for chemical and bacteriological analysis for water quality. Every program is designed to accommodate each municipality’s needs and expectations. Representatives of the ERIC are available to assist with the disbursement of water test kits at a central location within the municipality, help answer any questions, and deliver samples back to the laboratory. For more information, please contact us.