UGA Extension Office

Soil and Water Testing

Soil Test

Soils tests provide information on the soil’s actual nutrient status. Test results are used to determine the amount and kind of nutrients that should be added for the best growth of lawn, garden, and other types of plants. 

Routine soil samples are $6.00 each (cash or check only). Each sample bag will need 1 1/2 to 2 cups of soil. Visit the Agricultural & Environmental Services Lab website for more information on soil testing.

Water Testing

Most water samples should be collected from the first draw of water out of the kitchen faucet or from the faucet used most often for drinking. A first draw water sample is collected (after a minimum of 6 hours, but not more than a 12 hour period) during which time there was no water usage from that faucet prior to sampling. Either early morning or evening upon returning from home are the best sampling times to ensure a good sample. Place a clean sample container below the faucet and gently open the cold water tap to fill sample bottles. At least a 1 pint (500 mL) is needed for most samples.

Some water tests require special containers with specific instructions.  Visit the Agricultural & Environmental Services Lab website for more information on water testing and pricing. Lowndes County Extension office accepts cash or checks for payment.

You can also find other Water Quality Publications on the Univeristy of Georgia lab website and all services offered by the lab.