Well Water Testing

What we test for

  1. Option 1: Total Coliform Bacteria and E. coli
    Test uses the Colilert method required by KRS 223.400 - 223.460 and 223.991. We provide you with a KENTUCKY WELL WATER BACTERIAL REPORT for use in reporting test required by the above.  
  2. Option 2: Chemical tests for Nitrites, Nitrates, and Lead
    Test uses LaMotte Insta-Test Nitrite and Nitrate Test strips and LaMotte Lead Screening kit. The EPA recommends less than 10 parts per million for Nitrate and 1 part per million for Nitrite. The EPA recommends less than 15 parts per billion for lead. Our tests will determine if levels are above or below the recommended threshold.

How much does it cost

  1. Option 1: test for total Coliforms and E. coli will continue to be $50.
  2. Option 2: test for Nitrates, Nitrites, and Lead will be $50.

Tests may be ordered individually or combined.

Please be prepared to pay at the time your sample is delivered. We can then mail, email, or fax your report. You may also pick-up your results at Rm 2112 Biology Building. We accept cash or checks only. Checks should be made payable to Murray State University. 

When are we open

Samples will be accepted Monday through Thursday of each week, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., when the university is open. NO SAMPLES CAN BE COLLECTED ON FRIDAYS.

Collecting your sample

Use a sterile container (a jar or bottle put through a hot dishwashing cycle is sufficient or you may obtain a sterile container from us). Collect at least a pint and deliver to us at the Biology Building, Rm 2112 (Second Floor). It is the building across 16th Street from Wells Hall and Faculty Hall. The GPS address is 1614 Hamilton Ave. We must test your sample within 6 hours of your sampling.

When will your results be ready

Once we have your sample processed it must be incubated for 24 hours. The results will be ready for you at that time.

What if your sample is contaminated

Please contact your local health department for current and acceptable treatment practices. Other resources can be found at the Center for Disease Control or EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800.426.4791.


These tests are provided as a service to Murray and the surrounding community. We are not regulated by any government agency and cannot provide specific advice on how to remedy contaminated water. Please consult your local health department for guidance in the case of a positive test.

Need assistance?

Your use of our service is very much appreciated. For assistance our telephone number is 270.809.2687.

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