UGA Extension Office

Pond Water

If you are having problems with weeds in your pond, bring a quart jar (or equivalent) of the water with the weeds to the Extension office. This is a free test provided by the agent. Occasionally, if water quality is a concern, a Pond Water Quality and Algae Analysis may be requested. Testing fee is $110/kit. 

How to collect a Pond Water sample for PH and Hardness: 

  • Collect water samples from several different areas around the pond as far from the bank as possible during the early afternoon (if possible). Do this by holding a container collector under water and let it fill completely. 
  • Transfer the collected water to a large, clean container (ex. bucket/pail) that has been pre-rinsed with water in the pond. Continue collecting water around the pond and dump into same big bucket.
  • Thoroughly mix all the collected water in the bucket.
  • From the bucket, transfer water sample into a quart jar (or equivalent) of the water with weeds.
  • Bring sample to the office the same day sample is collected. 

Pond Water Quality and Algae Form
Extension Publications
  • Your Household Water Quality: Odors in Your Water (C 1016) Homeowners sometimes experience unpleasant odors in their household water. In many cases, the exact cause of the odor is difficult to determine by water testing; however, this publication provides a few general recommendations for treating some common causes of household water odors.
  • Understanding Laboratory Wastewater Tests: I. ORGANICS (BOD, COD, TOC, O&G) (C 992) For most people a complete understanding of the standard methods required to accurately complete critical wastewater analytical tests is not necessary. However, a fundamental understanding of the theory behind and working knowledge of the basic procedures used for each test, and the answers to commonly asked questions about each test can be a valuable tool for anyone involved in generating, monitoring, treating or discharging process wastewater.
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