Drinking Water Test Rule
All drinking water test samples, in order to be TNI (The Nelac Institute) compliant, must be delivered to the lab on ice or ice packs.
For more information call Brazos County Health Department at 979-361-5738.
Testing Drinking Water (Bacteriological Analysis)
Samples are accepted only on Monday - Thursday before 3:00 P.M.
Samples must be taken in approved testing bottles (no sterilized mason jars or alcohol bottles) which are available at the Health Department.
Test results are available the next day, after 3:30 P.M. Results are mailed the day after the results are read.
There is a charge of $15.00/sample.
No surface water will be tested (no streams or ponds).
Water form (public and private samples)
Private Water Testing (samples submitted by private individuals):
ALERT: Newly Required Chlorine Testing
To our valued customers:
On June 3 and 4, 2010, the BCHD Lab experienced an on-site inspection and audit by NELAC. NELAC is the organization which accredits our lab. As a result of the audit, we are now required to make some changes with regard to sample acceptance. Public Water System distribution samples will continue to be required to show chlorine residual as in the past. Other sample types, including construction, raw, special and private, in order to meet NELAC Standards, will now be required to show that the sample has been tested for chlorine. The result of the chlorine test can be zero chlorine; but, it must show, on the test form, to have been tested for chlorine. If a chlorine test has not been performed on a sample, then the sample can be tested by our lab but the sample result will show that the sample is unsatisfactory to NELAC because no chlorine test was done. Those who are submitting drinking water samples to the BCHD Lab, who need to meet NELAC requirements, are encouraged to start complying with the chlorine test rules as soon as possible. The BCHD Lab will start requiring the chlorine testing, on NELAC-approved construction, special, raw and private samples, on September 1, 2010.