What type of sampling kit is needed to test for bacteria in drinking water?
The laboratory will provide a sampling kit that includes the required containers, labels, forms, and directions necessary to submit a sample for bacteria testing. The container provided by the laboratory is a sterile bottle that contains a reagent needed for the test. Samples not collected in bottles provided by the laboratory will not be accepted.

This test can only tell if there is presence or absence of Total Coliform bacteria. The test can specifically tell if there is a presence of E. coli. The test can not indicate how many colonies of bacteria are present, nor will it tell the specific name of a bacteria (unless E.coli is present).

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1. What type of sampling kit is needed to test for bacteria in drinking water?
2. I submitted a drinking water sample and the results said Total Coliform bacteria was found. What does that mean?
3. I need my water tested for Giardia and Cryptosporidium. Can the City of Sherman Laboratory test for this?
4. How does a customer know what analyses a laboratory can perform for regulatory testing?
5. What is the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP)?