Paragon Laboratories
12649 Richfield Ct.
Livonia, MI 48150
734.462.3900 Phone

Pool Water Testing Services

Public Pool Water Testing Services

Summary

As a public swimming pool owner in the State of Michigan, you are required to have your pool water tested under the Public Health Code Act 368 of 1978, R 325.2195. Although many local health departments (LHD) have offered this service in the past, you are not required to have them perform the sample collection and testing of your facility. In fact, this option may no longer be available to you, as many local health departments are eliminating services.

Sampling Requirement

R 325.2195 Collection and analyses of water samples for coliform bacteria. Rule 95. (1) The owner of a public swimming pool shall be responsible for the collection and the examination of water samples for coliform bacteria at a frequency of a least once per quarter. The department or local health department may determine whether additional monitoring is needed if necessary to protect the public health. (2) A swimming pool owner or operator shall ensure that all water samples are analyzed for total coliform bacteria at the state laboratory or a laboratory certified by the department or by the United States Environmental Protection Agency to analyze drinking water. (3) The presence of total coliform bacteria or pathogenic organisms in the water sample is unacceptable water quality. A heterotrophic plate count of more than 200 bacteria per milliliter in a sample is unacceptable water quality. History: 1954 ACS 67, Eff. Mar 24, 1971; 1979 AC; 1979 ACS 15, Eff. July 21, 1983; 2001 MR 2, Eff. Feb. 6, 2001.

Sample Frequency and Testing Requirement

State rules specify a testing frequency of quarterly but your local health department (LHD) may require testing to be conducted more frequently. Most LHDs require testing monthly or 2x/Month.

Reporting Requirements

Test results need to be reported to your LHD in a timely manner via fax or email. They often require: the date the sample was taken; the pool pH, Cl or Br concentration; total coliform test result; and heterotrophic plate count test result.

Microbiology

Name Method Reference Price
Total Coliform and E. coli SM9223 B $38.00
Total (Hererotrophic) Plate Count SM9222 D $38.00

 

Field Sampling Services

Name Method Reference Price
pH SM 4500-H + B or AquaChem $15.00
Cl or Br Concentration AquaChem $15.00
Shipping, Outbound (per package) Service Call for Pricing
Shipping, Inbound - Return Label (per package) Service Call for Pricing
Shipping (per package) Service Call for Pricing
Field Labor, Per Hour (billed in 30 minute increments) Service $125.00
Consulting Labor, Technical Level (billed in 1 hour increments) Service Call for Pricing
Consulting Labor, Executive Level (billed in 1 hour increments) Service Call for Pricing
Trip Charge within 25 Miles of the Laboratory Service $35.00
Trip Charge within 50 miles of the Laboratory Service $60.00
Trip Charge within 75 Miles of the Laboratory Service $90.00
Trip Charge within 100 Miles of the Laboratory Service $140.00
Trip Charge > 100 Miles of the Laboratory Service Call for Pricing

 

Service Fees

Name Method Reference Price
Call-Out Fee, Per Hour (billed in full hour increments) Service $150.00
Off Hours, Field Labor, Per Hour (billed in 30 minute increments) Service $250.00
Minimum Job Charge Adjustment Fee Service  
Preliminary Report Fee Service $25.00
Additional Final Report Fee Service $25.00
Dedicated Sampling Time Fee Service $50.00
Hazardous Materials Transportation Fee Service $25.00