Private well owners are
responsible for ensuring that their well water is safe to drink.
The Florida Department of Health strongly recommends
private well water is tested for bacteria and chemicals at
least annually. It is simple, affordable, and a great way to
assure that the water is safe for you and your family to use.
Wells can become
contaminated from bacteria and chemicals for a variety of
reasons. Sometimes it is obvious like when flood waters enter
the well, but many times it is not such as when septic tanks
fail, fertilizers seep into the ground water or wash into
streams and canals, or someone illegally dumps chemicals or
sewage. Either way drinking contaminated water can make you and
As a service to the community,
the Department of Health in Charlotte County (DOH-Charlotte) – Environmental
Health Division, is available to test your water for bacteria and chemicals (lead & nitrate), interpret the results, and provide guidance on how to disinfect the well if the
water is contaminated. You may bring in a water sample to our Environmental Health office, or for your convenience we can have an Environmental Health Specialists obtain a sample from your home. You may elect to take your own sample to a certified laboratory of your choice. Please call 941-743-1266 for a list of fees and/or certified laboratories.
DOH-Charlotte has experience in well sampling and monitoring as it regulates public wells to assure that they meet state quality and construction standards byy
issuing operating permits (.pdf / 40.3kb), testing the water
for bacteria and chemicals, and investigating problems.
|What do I need to do if I want
to bring my own sample?
- Obtain a
- Run your
faucet for at least 5 minutes
- Collect at
least 8 ounces of your tap water
sample to the Environmental Health office
How do I request for my water to be tested?
- Call DOH-Charlotte's
Environmental Health Division at 941-743-1266 2-3
days prior to your intended sampling date.
Environmental Specialist will schedule and confirm
an appointment with you.
How to get your water tested:
DOH-Charlotte offers water sampling, contact
Environmental Health at 941-743-1266 for more information.