Mineralization Study

About the Study

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is embarking on a domestic water well project, in partnership with the Kansas Water Office (KWO), Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA), and Kansas Geologic Survey (KGS). This project is a continuation of a groundwater study implemented by KGS in 2009, and is focused on analyzing the impacts of naturally-occurring minerals on water used for human consumption from private water wells in the southwest Kansas region. The project invites homeowners within the study area to provide voluntary water well samples, using simple equipment provided by KDHE. The study area includes parts of Hamilton, Kearny, Finney, Gray and Ford counties. The samples will be analyzed for select parameters related to the study, and the KGS will evaluate the results as part of the longer-term study. Wells not used for human drinking water are not part of this project (e.g. lawn and garden, irrigation, livestock, windmill, etc.).