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Water Safety and Testing

N.C. Water Analysis Cost Share Program
The purpose of this program from NCDA&CS is to encourage water testing as part of a pre- and postharvest food safety program for fruit and vegetable crops. The program will assist in paying for the cost of testing irrigation and/or packing house wash water.

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 (PDF)
List of laboratories and prices for testing of water for generic E. coli.

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.