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 for 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. One of those locations is the Seneca County Health Department. 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 lists can be found with the forms and bottles at the sites.
Last updated February 27, 2023