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Oakland County Water Testing Services

*NOTICE: New Water Testing Fees*

EFFECTIVE January 1, 2012, requests for an analysis of drinking, pool, and surface water will be charged according to the new fee schedule for such sample as approved by the Oakland County Board of Commissioners.

The fee schedule will be implemented as follows: 

New Fees for Drinking, Pool and Surface Water Samples

 Bacteriological

Oakland County water supplies

Out-of-county water supplies

$6.00

$14.00

 

 

 

Partial Chemical (nitrate, nitrite, fluoride, chloride, sulfate)

Oakland County water supplies

Out-of-county water supplies

$5.00

$14.00

 

 

 

 Drinking Water

The Oakland County Health Division (OCHD) offers testing of well waters for bacteria, fluoride, chloride, nitrate, nitrite, and sulfate. 
 

Bottle Pick-up


Sample bottles can be picked up at either of the two offices listed below.  All samples including resamples must be pre-paid when the bottles are picked up at one of the OCHD Offices: 

  • Pontiac Office 1200 N. Telegraph Rd, Building 34E, Pontiac, MI 48341
  • Southfield Office  27725 Greenfield Rd, Southfield, MI 48076

Sample Drop-off

The pre-paid samples with validated green form may be returned to one of the OCHD office locations, or one of the following municipality drop-off locations (please call ahead to verify pickup times): 

  • Farmington Hills City Hall
  • Troy Department of Public Works
  • Novi DPS
  • Madison Heights Department of Public Services
  • Wixom City Hall
  • Orion Township Department of Public Works
  • Lyon Township Hall
  • Ortonville Village Office

Drinking water samples must be dropped off during the following hours 

  • Pontiac Office:
    Monday - Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Thursday only: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Southfield Office:
    Monday - Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Thursday only: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

(Note: Samples exceeding the 24 hour time limit for testing are unreliable and will be discarded.  NO SAMPLES will be accepted on Fridays or the day before a holiday.) 

All samples MUST have the appropriate green form for the lab to analyze them.   

Other types of water testing, such as lead arsenic, hardness, etc. can be tested by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). Call 517-335-8184 for information and bottles. (There is a small fee.)

If clients prefer to use an environmental laboratory, please check to verify they are certified by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) for the tests that you are requesting.

Surface Water (Bacteria only)

OCHD provides testing of surface water for E.Coli bacteria.  Bottles can be picked up at either of the two offices Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Sample drop-off schedule at the OCHD offices is the same as for drinking water samples.

Water sample results will be reviewed by the environmental health staff and returned to the client.

For questions, please contact the OCHD office that is closest to you.

         Pontiac Office: 248-858-1312
         Southfield Office: 248-424-7191
          

Swimming Pools

OCHD provides testing of swimming pool waters for Standard Plate Count and E. Coli for facilities in Oakland County.  Bottles can be picked up at either of the two offices Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Samples may be returned to the OCHD lab, either of the two office locations, or specified drop off sites (see list above).  Swimming pool samples must be dropped off during the following hours:

 

  • Pontiac Office
    Monday-Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Wednesday only: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Southfield Office
    Monday-Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Wednesday only: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

(Note: Samples exceeding the 24 hour time limit for testing are unreliable and will be discarded.  NO SAMPLES will be accepted on Thursdays, Fridays, or within two days of a holiday.)

All samples MUST have accompanying paperwork and appropriate fee for the lab to analyze them.  Please see the OCHD Pool Program page for more information. 

If individuals prefer to use an environmental laboratory, please check to verify they are certified by the MDEQ for the tests that you are requesting (click here).