UGA Extension Office

Soil and Water Testing

Soil Test Request Form


Water Test Request Form 

Soil Testing1

Determining the fertility level of a soil through a soil test is the first step in planning a sound lime and fertilizer program. Most Georgia soils are low in pH and/or one of the essential plant nutrients. Therefore, to maintain normal plant growth, lime and fertilizer must be applied in sufficient quality to meet the crop requirement. A soil test is the best means available to determine this requirement.

Note: Soil sample bags and water bottles can be picked up at the Extension office.

Water Testing1

  • Water Test Frequently Ask Questions
  • All well 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 is the best sampling time 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 1 pint (500 mL) is needed for most samples. Water Sampling Instructions
  • Expanded Water Test..........................$63.00 per sample (includes postage):
    Designed to address common well water problems in Georgia such as corrosion, high levels of iron and manganese, and nitrate from various sources. This test package should be done at least once on wells before using a less inclusive test. The Expanded Water Test is required for the installation and design of home water treatment systems. This test includes the Basic Water Test (see below), Anions, Soluble Salts, and Alkalinity tests.
  • Basic Water Test...................................$25.00 per sample (includes postage):
    pH and Water Hardness, Phosphorus, Potassium, Calcium, Aluminum, Chromium, Manganese, Copper, Cadmium, Iron, Zinc, Sodium, Nickel, Magnesium, Boron, Molybdenum, and Silica
  • Water Lead Test Only...........................$45.00 per sample (includes postage):
    Lead testing is recommended for homes and/or wells built prior to 1985. Pipes could contain lead solder which could leach into your drinking water.
  • Water Arsenic Test Only.......................$45.00 per sample (includes postage):
    Arsenic testing is recommended for wells located on old farm sites where pesticides may have been used for cotton production or fruit orchards between 1920-1940.
  • Lead and Arsenic Test Combined--If you would like to have your water tested for both Lead and Arsenic at the same time, the fee is only $55 for a combined sample.
  • Bacteria Test........................................$36.00 per sample (Overnight AIR postage required):
    The most common microbiology test checks for the presence of E. coli and total coliform bacteria. This test requires a special test kit with sample instructions available at the Extension office. This test is recommended annually on home wells. Bacteria testing is also available to local residents through the City of Cartersville Water Lab. Call 770-387-5681 for more information. Visit the website for more information about disinfecting your well water through shock chlorination.
  • Radon in Water Test.....................$30.00  (Overnight AIR postage required):                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This test requires a special test kit with sample instructions available at the Extension office.  Instructional video on how to sample.  It is recommended that you test the air in your home first for radon and if the results are high, then test well water.  
  • Other Water Tests are available upon request.


1 Other Special Analyses Available upon request.

For other testing services, please call (770) 443-7616.