Environmental and Consumer Health Services are open and customers are urged to first make an appointment.
- Water samples may be dropped off with Chain of Custody and payment in the foyer at Entrance D. Sampling bottles and forms are available in the foyer.
The Drinking Water Sample Drop-Off Center at the Galveston County Health District (Health District) provides a safe and secure drop-off option for those requesting analytical testing of drinking water samples. Samples are transported from the drop-off center and analyzed by an outside NELAP certified laboratory not associated with the Health District.
Drinking Water Information and Testing
The Drinking Water Sample Drop-Off Center (Drop-Off Center) at the Galveston County Health District (GCHD) provides a safe and secure drop-off option for those requesting analytical testing of drinking water samples. The Drop-Off Center accepts samples of water intended for human consumption and use. Water is tested for the presence of Total Coliform and E.coli. The analysis takes 24 hours to complete. Samples are transported from the drop-off center and analyzed by Eastex Environmental Laboratory, Inc., an outside NELAP certified laboratory not associated with the Health District.
Laboratory Fees and Payment Options
$12 per sample.
Please contact Eastex directly at 1-800-525-0508 for payment options or with any questions related to your account. GCHD will not accept cash or credit cards for drinking water payments. We will accept a money order but it must be made out to “Eastex Environmental Laboratory.” GCHD will not issue a receipt for your money order payment and will accept no liability for the loss of these items.
Eastex does not accept credit card payments over the phone.
Test Result QuestionsAny and all questions about your test results should be directed to Eastex Environmental Laboratory, Inc. at 1-800-525-0508.
Sample Acceptance (Sample is valid for 30 hours after collection)
- Drinking water samples must be submitted in sterile bottles available at the Drop-Off Center.
- Drinking water sample(s) must be accompanied with a TCEQ Microbial Reporting Form (Chain of Custody). You can download and print a copy here, pick up a copy at the Drop-Off Center or download one from Eastex Environmental Laboratory website.
- Place the drinking water sample bottle on top of the Chain of Custody form (do not fold form) and attach your payment to the form.
- Leave the drinking water sample bottle, Chain of Custody form and your payment on the table provided in the foyer.
- Samples should be submitted in the foyer of the Environmental Health Services, 9850-D Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, Texas City, Texas (Entrance “D” is in the back of the Mid County Annex).
- Drinking water samples will only be accepted for drop-off from customers on the first business day of the week, from 8-11a.m. If a holiday is on Monday, samples will be accepted on Tuesday.
- If you have questions about sample drop off, please contact Jon Burns at 409-938-2325 or Katie Wilson at 409-938-2310.
Taking a Drinking Water Sample
- Select a cold water faucet, preferably an outside faucet that does not leak (avoid hoses, dirty areas, etc.). Do not take samples from kitchen or bathroom sinks.
- Avoid sampling on extremely windy days or when it is raining.
- Remove any screen or attachment to the faucet.
- Clean the faucet head with isopropyl alcohol or bleach solution and/or flame with a handheld torch.
- Run the water 2 or 3 minutes to clear the line.
- Adjust the flow to a slow, steady stream.
- Remove the shrink band from the bottle (do not use the bottle if the shrink band is missing).
- Remove the lid of the bottle. Do not touch the inside of the lid or the bottle. Do not rinse out the bottle.
- Fill the bottle ABOVE the 100ml line to at least the shoulder of the bottle, leaving adequate
space for mixing. Do not overfill the bottle.
- Under-filled and overfilled bottles will not be analyzed
- Replace the lid tightly.
- Do not freeze the sample. Frozen samples will not be analyzed.
- Sample is valid for 30 hours after collection.