Victoria Water Laboratory
The Victoria County Public Health Department is certified by the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP) to perform bacteriological testing of public and private (wells) drinking water. VCPHD water laboratory is audited every two years by TCEQ to evaluate the extent of conformance to the standards adopted by the NELAP Institute and the rules enacted by the State of Texas for environmental laboratories. The VCPHD also performs yearly internal audits to ensure the standards are being followed. Proficiency Tests and Ethics Training are given yearly to all laboratory technicians to ensure the quality of the water testing.
The Victoria County Public Health Department Water Laboratory tests for Total Coliform and E. coli in drinking water. Total Coliforms include bacteria that are found in the soil, in the water that has been influenced by surface water, and in human or animal waste. E.coli is a type of fecal coliform commonly found in the intestines of warm blooded animals and humans. The presence of E. coli in water is a strong indication of recent sewage or animal waste contamination.
Water Testing Drop off Times at the VCPHD
Monday - Wednesday 8AM-11AM; 1PM-3PM
2 days before a holiday 8AM-11AM
Schedule is subject to change during county observed holidays. NOTE: all samples must arrive on ice.
What is Coliform Bacteria?
Coliforms are a group of bacteria that serve as indicators of the microbial quality of water.
Are coliforms harmful?
Most coliform bacteria are not disease causing, but their presence indicates the potential for disease causing bacteria to be present. Presence of E.coli indicates fecal pollution and the possible presence of pathogens.
Should I have my water well tested?
It is recommended to test private water wells once a year.
What should I do if I have coliforms in my well?
If you have a private well it is recommended to disinfect your water well. If your sample is positive for Total Coliform or E. coli the instructions for disinfecting the water well will be given to you with your sample results.
How long does it take to get my results?
Results are available the next day after 4:30PM
How do I obtain a water sample kit?
To obtain water sample bottle and form go by the following locations:
Victoria County Public Health Department
2805 N. Navarro
Victoria, Texas 77901
Calhoun County Floodplain
211 S. Ann
Port Lavaca, Texas 77979
Dewitt County Health Department
115 N. Gonzalez
Cuero, Texas 77954
Jackson County Groundwater District Office
411 N. Wells, Suite 118
Edna, Texas 77957
(Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)