Testing for agricultural water quality for surface water sites such as ponds, streams, canals, springs, and lakes, along with wells is a very useful tool for understanding what might be affecting the quality of water for irrigation. Water testing the wells that will be used washing of fruit and vegetables (and drinking) as prescribed for farm food safety practices needs to be done to establish the quality of that water. Water tests need to be completed by a laboratory in under 8 hours of the samples being taken. To make this easier for farms to accomplish, drop off/pick up sites have been set up in a number of locations across the region. For quantitative generic E. coli water testing (farm food safety) use the Enumeration test option.
There are other water tests available for farm and home. Well water tests, chemical, and others. The list can be found with the forms and bottles at sites.
Water test sample bottles, forms and information are available at each site. Water samples must be dropped off the morning of pickup before the listed times for each site.
(Due Before) Site and Location
Panama: (Tuesday 9am)
Eastern States Metal Roofing, 7821 NY-474, Panama, NY 14767. (716) 355-4374
Conewango Valley: (Tuesday 9am)
Andy Raber’s Blacksmith Shop, 12451 Eldredge Road, Conewango Valley 14726. No Phone number
Freedom: (Tuesday 9am)
Pine Grove Country Store Bulk Foods, 8473 Co Rd. 3, Freedom, NY 14065. (585) 567-2367
Albion: (Wed. 9am)
Albion Hardware. 146 South Main Street, Albion, NY 14411. (585) 589-1713
Newfane: (Wed. 9am)
Flint Brothers Hardware, Inc. 2769 Main Street, Newfane, NY 14108 (716) 778-9654
Andover: (Thursday 9am)
Country Crossroads Feed & Seed 3186 County Route 61, Andover, NY 14806. (607) 478-8858
Addison: (Thursday 9am)
Country Crossroads Feed & Seed, 94 Front Street, Addison, NY 14801. (607) 359-2424
Sodus: (Friday 9am)
The Country Hardware Store. 10 West Main Street, Sodus, NY 14551. (315) 483-6571
Fulton: (Friday 9am)
Northern Ace Home Center. 2721 State Route 3, Fulton, NY 13069. (315) 592-2063
Romulus: (Friday 9am)
Fishers Supply, 2139 Yerkes Road, Romulus, NY 14541. (607) 869-9317
Penn Yan: (Friday 9am)
Martin’s Equipment and Hardware, 900 NY-14A, Penn Yan, NY. (315) 536-7056
Rochester: (M-F 8am-4pm)
Lozier Environmental Consulting, Inc. 2011 East Main Street, Rochester, NY 14609. (585) 654-9080
** This is the company that has set up the sites across the region, teaming up with local businesses who are trying to make water testing more accessible for farms. For more information on the program, call Lozier at their Rochester location.
Last updated June 5, 2023