Drinking Water Sample Drop-off

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Hurricane Harvey Flooding Information: If you own a private water well and the well was under floodwaters, we recommend you have the well tested or disinfected. Information about GCHD drinking waster sample testing is available below. Click here for more information on testing/disinfecting from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Drinking Water Sample Drop-Off Center at the Galveston County Health District (Health District) provides a safe and secure drop-off option for those requesting analytical testing of drinking water samples. Samples are transported from the drop-off center and analyzed by an outside NELAP certified laboratory not associated with the Health District.

Drinking Water Information and Testing

The Water Sample Drop-Off Center accepts samples of water intended for human consumption and use. Water is tested for the presence of Total Coliform and E.coli. The analysis takes 24 hours to complete. Samples must be submitted in sterile bottles available at the Water Sample Drop-Off Center.

Laboratory Fees and Test Result Questions

Starting September 1, 2016, Eastex Environmental is the laboratory that will transport and test drinking water samples dropped off at the Health District’s Drinking Water Sample Drop-Off Center. The standard pricing for drinking water tests will be $12.00. Please contact Eastex Environmental directly at 1-800-525-0508 for any questions related to your account and your sample test results. 

Sample Acceptance

Effective September 1, 2016, drinking water samples will only be accepted at the Health District’s Drinking Water Sample Drop-Off Center (9850-D Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, Texas City, Texas 77591) from customers on the first business day of the week from 8:00AM-11:30AM (samples will not be accepted after 11:30 AM) (Example: If a GCHD holiday falls on a Monday, then the first business day of the week will be Tuesday.) Please see the 2018 GCHD Holidays schedule below:

 
Date

GCHD Holiday
 
 Day of Sample Acceptance 8AM-11:30AM

January 1, 2018

New Year’s Day

Tuesday, January 2, 2018** (Tuesday)

January 15, 2018

Martin Luther King Day

Tuesday, January 16, 2018** (Tuesday)

February 19, 2018

President’s Day

Tuesday, February 20, 2018** (Tuesday)

March 30, 2018

Good Friday

Monday, April 2, 2018

May 28, 2018

Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 29, 2018** (Tuesday)

 July 4, 2018
 Independence Day
 Monday, July 10, 2018

September 3, 2018

Labor Day

Tuesday, September 4, 2018** (Tuesday)

November 22, 2018

Thanksgiving

Monday, November 26, 2018

November 23, 2017

Monday, November 26, 2018

December 24, 2017

Chrismas Eve

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 **(Wednesday)

December 25, 2017

Christmas Day

Wednesday, December 26, 2017** (Wednesday)

 **If you have questions please contact Lori FitzSimmons-Evans at GCHD at 409-938-2301.

Samples should be submitted at the lobby of the Environmental Health Services, 9850-D Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, Texas City, Texas (Entrance “D” is in the back of the Mid County Annex).

A Drinking Water Coliform Submission Form shall accompany each water sample. Copies may be picked up at the water sample drop-off center.

Water Sample Collectionfilling-sample-bottle

  • Select a cold water faucet, preferably an outside faucet that does not leak (avoid hoses, dirty areas, etc.). Do not take samples from kitchen or bathroom sinks.
  • Avoid sampling on extremely windy days or when it is raining.
  • Remove any screen or attachment to the faucet.
  • Clean the faucet head with isopropyl alcohol or bleach solution and/or flame with a handheld torch.
  • Run the water 2 or 3 minutes to clear the line.
  • Adjust the flow to a slow, steady stream.
  • Remove the shrink band from the bottle (do not use the bottle if the shrink band is missing).
  • Remove the lid of the bottle. Do not touch the inside of the lid or the bottle. Do not rinse out the bottle.
  • Fill the bottle ABOVE the 100ml line to at least the shoulder of the bottle, leaving adequate
    space for mixing. Do not overfill the bottle.
  • Under-filled and overfilled bottles will not be analyzed
  • Replace the lid tightly.
  • Do not freeze the sample. Frozen samples will not be analyzed.