The state approved method we use for bacteria testing is the chromogenic/fluorogenic substrate for total coliform and e-coli.
Lab Testing Fees
Bacteria Test (coliform & e-coli) $30.00
Other Testing: Nitrate/Nitrite Lead Iron HPC Chlorine Hardness pH
*Results in 24 hours or less
Water Check 1&2 - Processing time 5-7 business days and tests for metals and inorganic chemicals and physical factors. Water Check w/o Pesticides - Processing time 10-15 days and tests for metals and inorganic chemicals, physical factors and organic chemicals. Water Check w/ Pesticides - Processing time 15-20 days and tests for metals and inorganic chemicals, physical factors, organic chemicals and pesticides.
Public water systems are required to deliver safe and reliable drinking water to their customers. If the water supply becomes contaminated, consumers can get very sick. Public water systems take many steps to make sure drinking water is safe. One of the most important steps is regular testing for coliform bacteria.
Although private wells are not regulated by the state we recommend you have your well tested annually to make sure the water you are drinking is not contaminated. If there is coliform bacteria present in your well you can have your well chlorinated to see if that will fix the issue.
What are coliform bacteria?
Coliform bacteria are naturally occurring in soil, on vegetation, and in surface waters such as lakes and streams. They are also found in the intestines of warm-blooded animals and humans. Coliform bacteria are unlikely to cause illness. However, their presence in drinking water indicates that disease-causing organisms (pathogens) could be in the water system. Most pathogens that can contaminate water supplies come from the feces of humans or animals. Testing drinking water for all possible pathogens is complex, time-consuming, and expensive. It is easy and inexpensive to test for coliform bacteria. If testing detects coliform bacteria in a water sample, water systems search for the source of contamination and restore safe drinking water. More information on contaminants in your water click here.