Certified Drinking (Potable) Water Tests
|Total coliform and E. coli bacteria
Basic potability test recommended annually by NYS Department of Health
|Nitrate + Nitrite (as N)||$25|
|pH (certification no longer required)||$12|
|Total Dissolved Solids||$18|
|Specific Conductance (Conductivity)||$12|
|Methylene Blue Active Substances (MBAS) (detergents)||$45|
|Langelier’s Index (corrosivity)||$75|
Not sure what to test your water for? Check our Frequently Asked Questions page for guidance.
Need to have someone collect a water sample for you? Field sampling is available for a flat-rate collection and travel fee of $60 within Tompkins County. Outside of Tompkins County, travel is charged at $35/hr and $0.55/mile based on Google Maps (with a minimum of $60 total).
Two petri dishes under a blacklight show the presence and absence of coliform bacteria. The sample on the left contains TNTC (too numerous to count) coliform colonies and would not be considered safe for drinking. You can tell because it is glowing under the black light.
The specks are E. coli bacteria that can also be seen under normal light conditions. The sample on the right does not contain any coliform bacteria colonies. You can tell because it does not glow under the blacklight.
Tests Subcontracted to Other Certified Labs
|Metals (Lead, Copper, Iron, Manganese, Sodium, Barium, Strontium, most other metals)||$25 – first metal
$18 – each add’l
|Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) Includes BTEX +50 more chemicals||$125|
|Methane (natural gas)||$110|
|Gross alpha & beta radioactivity||$65|
|Radium 226 & Radium 228||$260|
|Haloacetic Acids (HAAs)||$225|
Rush reports cannot be guaranteed for subcontract tests. Other subcontract tests are available upon request.Contact us for further information and pricing.
Not sure what to test your water for? Check ourFrequently Asked Questions for guidance.
Need to have someone collect a water sample for you? Field sampling is available for a $45 collection fee plus travel. Within Tompkins County, we offer a flat-rate collection and travel fee of $60. Outside of Tompkins County, travel is charged at $35/hr and $0.55/mile based on Google Maps.
Microbiological Analyst Michi Schulenberg tests drinking water samples for coliform bacteria.
Testing Packages – Save 10-15% off list prices !
The Basics: Total coliform/E.coli, Nitrate, Nitrite, Lead – $85
The New Well: The Basics plus Iron, Arsenic, Manganese, Sodium, pH, Calcium Hardness, Alkalinity, Turbidity, Chloride – $210
(Based on recommendations from the New York State Health Department for new residential wells)
The Everything: The New Well plus Total Dissolved Solids, Conductivity, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), Methane, Ethane, Gross Alpha and Beta Radioactivity – $519
Baseline Testing: pH, Alkalinity, Acidity, Turbidity, Total Suspended Solids, Total Dissolved Solids, Chloride, Bromide, Conductivity, MBAS (detergents), Chemical Oxygen Demand, Total Hardness, Calcium, Barium, Strontium, Arsenic, Iron, Manganese, Methane, Ethane, Volatile Organic Compounds(VOCs) including BTEX, and Gross Alpha & Beta Radioactivity – $724
(Baseline Testing is intended to document water quality prior to oil & gas operations taking place nearby. This type of testing requires lab staff to collect the sample and the above price does not include travel fees. Visit the Baseline Testing page for more information)
Last week, Biomonitoring Coordinator Adrianna Hirtler traveled around Cayuga Lake to collect
The Cayuga Lake Harmful Algal Bloom (HABs) Monitoring Program had a busy