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Residential Drinking Water Packages

McCampbell Analytical Offers A Full Suite Of Water Testing Services for Home Owner and Residential Customers.

Package Three - $650

This testing is offered if you have a petroleum or chemical odor in your water. We offer testing for Volatile Organic Chemicals commonly referred to as VOCs. These VOC's are made of petroleum-based by-products and industrial-type solvents. Since these compounds are volatile you can sometimes smell them in the water at high levels. If you have a petroleum or chemical odor in your water, VOCs testing is recommended.

  • Total Coliform and E. Coli Enumeration by method SM9223B
  • Nitrate, Nitrite, Fluoride, Bromide, Chloride, Orthophosphate, and Sulfate by method E300.1
  • Total Dissoved Solids by method SM2540C
  • pH by method SM4500+B
  • Metals: Aluminum, Antimony, Arsenic, Barium, Beryllium, Cadmium, Chromium, Cobalt, Copper, Lead, Mercury, Molybdenum, Nickel, Selenium, Silver, Thallium, Vanadium, Zinc by method E200.8
  • Specific Conductivity by method SM2510B
  • Hardness by method SM2340B
  • Turbidity by method SM2130B
  • Alkalinity/Carbonate/Bicarbonate by method SM2320B
  • Volatile Organic Compounds by method E524.3
  • Threshold Odor Test by method SM2150B
  • Apparent Color, Unfiltered by method SM2120B

All testing packages include:

Delivery of sampling containers and coolers provided by McCampbell (MAI) for your sampling event

Free courier services is available for pick-up within a 70-mile radius of the lab

Please note that both Total Coliform and E.Coli analysis have a 30 hour hold time for drinking water (starting from the time of sample collection to the time the sample is set up for analysis in the lab) and it should be received Monday-Thursday no later than 4pm to avoid any weekend surcharge.

Standard turnaround time is 5 business days from the date samples are received at the lab. Any samples that arrive at the lab after 5pm are considered received the following business day. Contact our Lab for rush turnaround time availability and/or rush pricing. Delays in TAT are possible if re-analyzing is needed or if there are instrument issues. Final Reports will be emailed in PDF format. Clients are encouraged to inform the lab if partial reporting is acceptable.

*** $250 weekend surcharge applied to samples submitted on Fridays

McCampbell does not provide any field sampling or consulting services. If you need assistance with either of these services, MAI can recommend field samplers or consultants upon request.

Homeowner Package Information

Coliform Bacteria

This test is a primary indicator of potability & sanitary conditions of a water supply. Homeowners are highly encouraged to routinely perform this test on private water systems annually. Maximum Acceptable Concentration for Drinking Water = none detectable per 100 mL. The US Environmental protection Agency (EPA) designates Total Coliform testing as a standard test for determining the bacterial safety of drinking water. The EPA also suggests that people who drink from private water supplies, such as wells, test for bacteria (as well as nitrates) annually (see http://water.epa.gov/drink/info/well/faq.cfm).

Nitrate plus Nitrite-Nitrogen

The EPA has set the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) of nitrate as nitrogen (NO3-N) at 10 mg/L (or 10 parts per million) for the safety of drinking water. Nitrates are readily found in several types of food as well as fertilizers, animal waste, human sewage, septic systems, flooded sewer's, agricultural runoff, and decaying plants. Elevated levels may serve as an indicator of other potential contaminants, such as pesticides or chemicals associated with septic system effluent.


Measures the relative acidity of the water. The pH level of the water can change how your water looks and tastes. If the pH of your water is too low or too high, it could damage your pipes, cause heavy metals like lead to leak out of the pipes into the water, and eventually make you sick.


Amount of bicarbonate, the major anion in water, as related to pH and corrosion..


Is the measure of the amount of calcium and magnesium. This is important if water softening is considered.


An indicator ion that, if found in elevated concentrations, points to potential contamination from septic systems, fertilizer, landfills, or road salt.


An indicator ion that, if found in elevated concentrations, points to potential contamination from septic systems, fertilizer, landfills, or road salt.


It is the measure of the total dissolved minerals in water. Change in conductivity or unusual ratio of conductivity to hardness may signal the presence of contaminants.

Corrosivity Index

A calculation of the corrosivity index is performed to determine the tendency for plumbing to corrode or for lime to deposit in your plumbing.


The safe drinking water standard for arsenic in drinking water is 0.010 mg/L. Arsenic occurs naturally in rocks and soils and is also widely used the agricultural industry. When groundwater levels drop significantly arsenic can dissolve out of rock formations. In rare cases, past pesticide use practices (especially those associated with cherry orchards) or improper disposal of arsenic containing chemicals may also be potential sources.


Naturally occurs in groundwater where soils or underground rock formations contain limestone or dolomite. Essential to bone and tooth development, blood clotting, muscle contraction, nerve transmission, and may reduce heart disease. Calcium along with magnesium causes hard water.


Levels above 1.3 mg/L exceed the safe drinking water standard. All living organisms including humans need copper to survive; therefore, small amounts of copper aid in iron utilization in the body. Copper can get into drinking water either by directly contaminating well water or through corrosion of copper pipes if your water is acidic. Corrosion of pipes is by far the greatest cause for concern.


Is a naturally occurring mineral which causes taste problems and discoloration of water. Iron is an important component of blood hemoglobin.


Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and plumbing in buildings and homes.


It can naturally occur in groundwater, along with calcium. Magnesium causes hard water.


It is naturally occurring in some groundwater. Elevated levels of manganese in groundwater can result in aesthetic problems. Black precipitates (specks or staining) are often a result of manganese. There is a health advisory limit of 0.300 mg/L of manganese in drinking water. Problematic levels of manganese and iron are sometimes found together since both are associated with low levels of oxygen in groundwater


Levels greater than 10 mg/L may indicate contamination from animal waste or may come from water softeners that use potassium chloride.


Water supplies that are softened will contain elevated levels of sodium if sodium chloride is used as the softener salt. Elevated levels in groundwater may be the result of road salt or septic system effluent.


It is naturally occurring in some groundwater. Concentrations above 250 mg/L may cause a laxative effect, especially in people not accustomed to drinking the water. Sulfate is not the same as hydrogen sulfide which causes the rotten egg odor, although both contain the element sulfur.

Volatile Organic Compounds

VOCs are byproducts of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff, agricultural applications, and septic systems.