Various laboratories in Texas conduct water quality testing. The laboratory you use depends on whether you are testing your water to determine if it is safe for human consumption or if you are testing water that will be used for other purposes (irrigation on your property, a pond with fish in it, swimming, etc.)
Standards for Drinking Water
There are several laboratories that conduct bacteriological testing on several types of water sources, including drinking water (private well). For more information on this and other tests please contact the Wharton County Extension Office at 979-532-3310.
Standards for Non-Drinking Water (irrigation, aquaculture, recreation & more)
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Soil, Water, and Forage Testing Laboratory conducts various water tests, including testing for salinity [salts such as sodium (Na)] of irrigation water.
Download the Water Quality Sample Information Form for a complete list of tests available. Instructions for submitting water samples directly to the laboratory are also on the form. (NOTE:If paying with credit card please also submit credit card form).
For information on analysis procedures and how to interpret results, please contact Agent Corrie Bowen, Wharton County Extension Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent, at 979-532-3310 to schedule an appointment.