Raton Basin
LAC Health Dept. Water Well Test Program

Program Overview

In 2011, the Las Animas County Health Department, in partnership with Norwest Corporation (Norwest) and Pioneer Natural Resources USA, Inc., implemented a water well testing program for citizens of Las Animas County, Colorado.  This testing program is provided as a free service to county residents interested in learning more about the quality of their drinking water, particularly residents with private water wells. 

Water Well Testing Kits can be picked up at:

Las Animas County Health Department

412 Benedicta Ave.

Trinidad, CO  81082

(719) 846-2213

Hours of Operation:  M-F 8am – 4pm


Program Details

Each test kit includes two sample bottles, a pair of sampling gloves, a pen, a permanent marker, an instructional sampling sheet, and a “Water Wells in Las Animas County” informational sheet.  After a test kit is picked up by an individual, the water sample is collected following the outlined instructions and returned to the Las Animas County Health Department within two days of sample collection.  At that point, Norwest, an independent contractor, picks up the sample from the Health Department and prepares it for shipment to a certified laboratory for analysis.  Forty four constituents are analyzed for in the laboratory include metals, such as iron and sodium, and general chemistry such as pH and total dissolved solids (TDS).

Once the laboratory has completed their analysis, the results are sent to Norwest, who incorporates additional information, and then forwards to the homeowner.  A list of water quality standards specific to groundwater protective of Human Health, Drinking Water, and Agricultural standards is also included.  These standards are established by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Water Quality Control Division.

For Information about the Program Contact:

John Martinez

Environmental Health Specialist III

Las Animas County Health Department

(719) 846-2213

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Bill Ward

Environmental Compliance Manager

Norwest Corporation

Telephone: (719) 846-4024

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