Safe Drinking Water Act (municipal water systems)
A public drinking water system is a water system that provides piped water for human consumption to 25 or more people for more than 60 days per year, or has 15 or more service connections. There are four types of public water systems included in this definition: Community Water Systems, Consecutive Water Systems, Non-Transient Non-Community Water Systems, and Transient Non-Community Water Systems.
Limited Use Public Water Systems
A public water system not covered or included in the Florida Safe Drinking Water Act.
Private well owners are responsible for ensuring that their well water is safe to drink. The Florida Department of Health strongly recommends that 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.
Water Laboratory Services
Department of Health Laboratory Certification Number E25706
Lee County Health Department– Environmental Engineering unit is committed to providing the highest quality sample collection and testing services to the public. The laboratory is NELAC certified. We analyze private well water samples, public drinking water samples, swimming pool samples, beach and environmental water. Our laboratory conducts environmental analytical capabilities in microbiology. Microbiological analyses include total coliform analysis by membrane filter and colilert procedures. Fecal coliform analysis by membrane filter and Enterococci analysis by membrane filter.
Our laboratory accepts samples Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM with results due by the end of the next business day. An expedited sample process is available that will return the result by 10:00 the following day for an additional fee.