IDEM offering free ground water testing for eligible properties

Jim Harris, IDEM Field Geologist, samples water from an outside faucet at a private residence.
Staff Writer

Indiana Ground Water Monitoring Network looks for contaminants in private drinking water wells

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is conducting its 2016 Ground Water Assessment Survey and is looking for Hoosiers whose property contains a private drinking water well that they would like to have tested free of charge.

Using the data collected from those who invite IDEM to test their wells, the agency will be able to “build a story” about ground water quality in the state. The goal of this project is to be able to evaluate ground water quality in different regions based on factors such as geology, depth to water, depth of the well, and land use.

By scientifically evaluating baseline ground water quality conditions in the state, IDEM will be better able to protect the ground water resource, determine how ground water may affect the quality of surface water, and evaluate changes in ground water over time.

The more residents who participate, the more information will be available on water quality in Indiana. By having their well sampled, residents will learn exactly what is in their water. If a concern is found, IDEM will provide the resident with information on how they can reduce their exposure to potential harmful chemicals.

For more information about the Ground Water Monitoring Network, eligibility requirements, visit Residents can fill out the application for free well testing at

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​IDEM ( implements federal and state regulations regarding the environment. Through compliance assistance, incentive programs and educational outreach, the agency encourages and aids businesses and citizens in protecting Hoosiers and our environment.