Microbial Water Testing
Kansas State University and the University of Missouri continue to offer free microbial water testing to all fruit and vegetable growers in KS and MO, even in light of the COVID-19 situation. We can provide this free testing until our generous grant funding from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (grant 2019-70020-30358) runs out.
For Kansas growers, please contact Cal Jamerson at email@example.com or Londa Nwadike firstname.lastname@example.org if you need water sample bottles and we can send you some.
We can once again accept samples at our labs in either Olathe or Manhattan, Kansas.
Samples need to be received on ice and within 24 hours of the sample being taken. Please contact Dr. Valentina Trinetta at email@example.com if you are planning to send samples to Manhattan or Dr. Manreet Bhullar at firstname.lastname@example.org for Olathe to coordinate sample receiving logistics. More information on collecting water samples and how to submit them in Kansas is available in the following documents:
- KSRE Water Testing Information - Kansas State University
- KSRE Sample Submission Form - Kansas State University
For Missouri growers, water sample kits can be obtained from most local public health departments in Missouri, as well as in some other locations throughout Missouri. Samples can be returned to most local public health departments in Missouri (on ice, within 24 hours of taking the sample). Due to the COVID-19 situation, please contact your local public health department before going to their office to pick up bottles or drop off samples to confirm their procedures and hours of operation. More information on collecting water samples and how to submit them in Missouri is available in the following documents:
- Missouri Water Testing Information- University of Missouri Extension
- Missouri Sample Submission Form - Missouri Department of Health laboratory
- EXAMPLE of a form filled out for testing pond water