UGA Extension Office

Lab Services - Soil and Water Testing

Environmental Testing services include:

  • soil analysis
  • water quality
  • plant tissue analysis
  • pesticides and hazardous waste
  • feeds and forages
  • special analysis

Soil Testing

Let's begin with a soil test. When clients come in our office with questions about their lawn, garden, trees, etc. we always suggest starting with a soil test.

It is not necessary to come by and pick up the bags first. You may bring your dry sample into our office in plastic bags, cups, or any kind of container. We will transfer it over to a UGA soil bag. Bring in 2 cups of dry soil.

The cost per sample is $8.00 (cash or check) and the results are either mailed or emailed. We are open Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and do not close for lunch.

How to take a soil sample

Fertilizer Calculator


Soil test bag and probe
clipart water faucet

Water Testing

Water testing is important to monitoring water quality for people who get their water from a well.

When you pour yourself a glass of water to drink, it may appear clean, taste good, and you may expect it to be safe. However, many sources of water we assume are safe may contain dissolved minerals, organic compounds or even live organisms at harmful concentrations. Contaminated water used for drinking and cooking may affect your health. Also, high concentrations of certain minerals in your water can result in quality issues such as unpleasant taste and odors or staining of bathroom fixtures and/or laundry.

The quality and safety of drinking water is of great concern to many Americans today because of an increased interest in health and environmental quality. This new focus on water quality has led many Americans to consider testing their water.

Basic Water Test:
Cost: $22.00 (Client brings 4 oz. sample and pays in office).  

• pH • Hardness • Aluminum • Boron • Calcium • Chromium • Copper • Iron • Magnesium
• Manganese • Molybdenum • Nickel • Phosphorus • Potassium • Silica • Sodium • Zinc

Expanded Water Test Package: basic + more
Cost $64.00. Client brings in 16 oz. sample and pays in the office.

• Alkalinity • Conductivity • Saturation Index • Total Dissolved Solids • Nitrate-N 
• Chloride • Fluoride • Sulfate • Phosphate

Standard Bacteria Test (E-Coli) :
Cost: $46.00 (client mails payment with sample)  

• Total Coliform • Escherichia Coli

Home Loan Closing Test (W33B):
Cost $95.00 (Client mails payment with sample).  In order to close on a home with a well, a home loan water test is required. This water kit includes both bacteria tesitng and the expanded-water test.

Your household Water Quality