NOTE: While winter storm damage is accessed at the Health Department facility, the ATCPHD Laboratory has been relocated to the MERCY Clinic at 1902 Shelton Street. Water samples may be brought here for testing.
The Abilene - Taylor County Public Health District operates a CLIA certified laboratory providing numerous tests. You must have Doctor's request before any of these tests can be performed. Please call for individual lab pricing.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:00am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-3:30pm & Fridays 8:00am-12:00pm
Total Coliform and E. coli bacteriological testing to determine suitability for drinking. We are a NELAC-Accredited Laboratory (PDF) serving Public Water Systems, Commercial Bottled/Vended Water Companies, and private entities and individuals. Our laboratory reports Revised Total Coliform Rule compliance data to the TCEQ.
A sterile container can be obtained from the Health Department Laboratory, along with Instructions and Submission Forms. The fee is $25 for each sample, and samples must be submitted to the Laboratory within 30 hours from the time of sample collection. Samples may be submitted Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. Results are reported the following day and mailed to the client. If traveling long distances, please call in advance for assistance. We accept cash or check as forms of payment.
Disconnect any hoses, filters, or other devices from the faucet. Let the water flow for several minutes to clear the line. Disinfect the faucet by flaming with a lighter, torch, etc. Reduce the flow, and aseptically collect water into the sterile container containing Sodium thiosulfate powder.
Be sure not to touch the inside of the bottle or lid. Fill the container no less than 100mL, and secure the lid tightly. Keep the sample cool by transporting on ice or in a cooler. Samples must be submitted to the Health Department Laboratory within 30 hours from collection time. View the Sample Acceptance Policy (PDF).