NC State Extension

Water Safety and Testing

N.C. Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Certification Assistance Program

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services has developed a program to help N.C. growers with financial support ($600 for first-time users, $300 for returning participants) in obtaining a third-party audit to verify they are following effective food safety practices.

Generic E.coli labs
North Carolina State Laboratory Public Health Environmental Sciences – Certified Laboratory Listing. Please go to this link and check the box under “Microbiology” and then ” E. coli enumeration” for a list of currently certified labs for Generic E. coli testing of water.

Water Testing Tips for Growers (PDF)
Contains valuable information about the three different water tests available at most labs.

Code of Federal Regulations: Coliform Sampling (PDF)
EPA outlines monitoring and analytical requirements for sampling of coliform in community water systems.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Ground Water and Drinking Water
The EPA’s drinking water standards program has established health based standards for more than 80 contaminants. Water systems and states use analytical methods developed by government agencies, universities and other organizations.

Bacterial Water Quality Standards for Recreational Waters
The EPA provides a brief overview of the bacterial water quality standards that have been adopted by states for their marine and fresh recreational waters in the United States.

Drinking Water Well Condition and Location on the Farm
Resource from Purdue University for farmers and rural homeowners to assess the risk of your well location (proximity to pollution sources) and condition.

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