Recreational Water Testing

The Missouri State Public Health Laboratory (MSPHL) offers recreational water testing of public swimming pools and bathing beaches to local public health agencies, municipalities and federal agencies on a contractual basis. Samples are tested for E. coli levels using the Idexx Colilert™ QuantiTray™ system. There is a $15 charge for this test. Agencies interested in establishing a testing contract should contact the MSPHL Financial Unit at 573-751-3334. Samples from private individuals will not be accepted.

The MSPHL also performs recreational water testing in the event of a waterborne disease outbreak. Outbreak investigation and sample submission is coordinated through the local public health agency’s environmental public health specialist, or through the State District Health Office.

County Health Office Listing

Recreational water samples must be submitted using the appropriate collection kit provided by the MSPHL. To request sample kits, call the Central Services Unit at 573-751-4830.

The appropriate form must be submitted with each sample. Forms are provided in the sample kits. For additional forms, call the Central Services Unit at 573-751-4830.

Instructions for Collecting Bacteriological Water Samples from Swimming Pools and Bathing Beaches

Samples must be received at the laboratory and testing initiated within 48 hours of sample collection. The MSPHL statewide courier system may be used to transport samples to the Jefferson City laboratory overnight. There is no charge for this service.

For a list of MSPHL courier pickup locations, click on the link below, or contact your local public health agency.

List of courier drop off locations by county.