Public, Commercial, Compliance Testing

Public water systems are regulated by the Ohio EPA Division of Drinking and Ground Waters (Ohio EPA DDAGW).  The EPA defines a public water system as a system that provides potable water (water for human consumption) to at least 15 service connections or serves an average of at least 25 people for at least 60 days each year.  This includes water used for drinking, food preparation, bathing, showering, hand washing, tooth brushing and dishwashing.  Public water systems can range in size from large municipal distribution facilities to small churches and restaurants that rely on a single well.

The SCPH laboratory staff can provide sampling, water analysis and completion of reports, as required for public water system compliance, including electronic EPA reporting. All samples submitted to the SCPH Laboratory must be accompanied by a completed Sample Submission Report (SSR) form and the chain of custody.  For questions or to get a quote for testing services please contact the SCPH laboratory manager at (330) 926-5600 weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Analysis Requested EPA Method Sample Size / Container Sampling Procedure Fee
Coliforms / E.coli* 9223-B 100mL P/Sterile Download the procedure $25
Nitrate 353.2 125mL P/G Download the procedure $25
Nitrite 353.2 125mL P/G Download the procedure $35
Arsenic 200.9 125mL P/G Download the procedure $25**
Lead 200.9 1L P/G Download the procedure $25
Copper 200.9 1L P/G Download the procedure $25
* P/A or enumeration
**$25 per sample or free of charge with other metals testing (Summit County only)



Samples submitted must have a purchase order number or be accompanied by a check, made payable to Summit County Public Health.  Other forms of payment can be arranged, but must be approved by the lab manager before samples are brought in for testing. Standard turnaround time is 10 business days, excluding holidays.  If RUSH turnaround time is desired you must get prior approval by the lab manager for availability.  Please note approved RUSH turnaround time requests on the chain of custody form.  Samples received after 10 am will be considered received the following business day.

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