Drought conditions can compromise water quality in ponds and dugouts, causing elevated levels of salts, minerals and bacteria.
 
Because the majority of the state is experiencing some level of drought, livestock producers are encouraged to test their water, since poor water quality can impact livestock health.
 
Here is a resource from the NDSU Extension Service, North Dakota Health Department and NDSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory with tips on how to collect and send water samples and options of where the samples can be sent.

 

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