Private well owners are
responsible for ensuring that their well water is safe to drink.
The Florida Department of Health strongly recommends
private well water is tested for bacteria and chemicals at
least annually. It is simple, affordable, and a great way to
assure that the water is safe for you and your family to use.
Wells can become
contaminated from bacteria and chemicals for a variety of
reasons. Sometimes it is obvious like when flood waters enter
the well, but many times it is not such as when septic tanks
fail, fertilizers seep into the ground water or wash into
streams and canals, or someone illegally dumps chemicals or
sewage. Either way drinking contaminated water can make you and
As a service to the community,
the Charlotte County Health Department (CCHD) – Environmental
Health Division is available to test your water for bacteria and
chemicals, interpret the results, and provide guidance on how to
disinfect the well if the
water is contaminated. You may bring in a water sample to our
Environmental Health office, or for your convenience we can have
an Environmental Health Specialists obtain a sample from your
Charlotte CHD has experience in well sampling and monitoring as
it regulates public wells to assure that they meet state quality
and construction standards by
issuing operating permits (.pdf / 40.3kb), testing the water
for bacteria and chemicals, and investigating problems.
|What do I need to do if I want
to bring my own sample?
- Obtain a
- Run your
faucet for at least 5 minutes
- Collect at
least 8 ounces of your tap water
sample to the Environmental Health office
How do I request for my water to be tested?
- Call CCHD's
Environmental Health Division at 941-743-1266 2-3
days prior to your intended sampling date.
Environmental Specialist will schedule and confirm
an appointment with you.
How to get your water tested:
Charlotte County Health
Department offers water sampling, contact
Environmental Health at 941-743-1266 for more information.