Douglas County residents who would like to test the nitrate levels in their water can bring in water samples from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25.

The Douglas Soil and Water Conservation District will offer a free nitrate testing clinic at its Tree Building, 800 Northside Dr. in Alexandria.

This event may interest anyone concerned about nitrate levels in their water, especially in wells.

The district will also offer take-home kits to test contaminants other than nitrates, although these tests are not free.

To collect a water sample, run cold tap water for five to 10 minutes before collecting about one cup of water. Place water in a clean jar or container, or double bag it in a clean, new zipper plastic bag. The water needs to be collected within 24 hours of the inspection and kept cool.

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Social distancing and face coverings are required.

The event is co-sponsored with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

For more information, contact Jessica Albertsen at 320-763-3191, ext. 3, or visit