Plain Water

Water Sampling in Devon

At Oakwater Laboratories, we offer a range of tests, but the majority of clients choose the standard chemical and bacteriological examinations suite. This consists of a specifically chosen set of parameters which allow us to decide if the water is potable. Contact us for water sampling kits.


How it works

  • Contact us for advice if needed

  • Submit a sample submission request

  • You’ll receive a sample bottle & instructions

  • Take your sample and return it to us

  • We test it and submit the results to you

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Water Quality Analysis Prices

Please see below for a price list of the various tests we offer. 

  • Coliforms/E.coli £30

  • TVC 22°C and 37°C £15

  • Enterococci £22

  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa £22

  • Legionella £56

  • Iron, manganese and pH £40

  • Minimum charge £40

Further information:

  1. These tests normally take between one and two weeks to complete.

  2. Discounts may be arranged for large numbers of similar examinations.

  3. We can attend on site if required charged at £4 per hour, including travelling time, plus £0.46/mile travelled.

  4. Please make payments by BACS Transfer (Barclays Bank – Account Name: Oakwater Laboratories, Sort Code: 20-30-47, Account No: 73864758) or when you submit your samples by debit or credit card, cash or cheque (made payable to “Oakwater Laboratories”).

  5. We are now able to accept payment by credit/debit card via the telephone.

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Submitting your sample

Fill in the online form below or give us a call and we’ll send you a bottle which you can fill from your water supply. Full details are provided with the sample kit. If you have any doubts about where to take the sample, especially if a source has not been in use for some time, please telephone us.

Our sample kit will always include a copy of our Water Sample Submission Form for you to fill out. If you prefer, you can fill out the brief form on our contact form and print/email a copy for yourself. We prefer to ensure that the most appropriate information is obtained at the outset, to avoid the cost of repeat sampling. Please bring the bottle back to our laboratory within 6 hours of sampling, where possible, if you have opted for a bacteriological analysis.

We accept payments by:

  • Debit/credit card

  • BACS Transfer (Barclays Bank – Account Name: Oakwater Laboratories, Sort Code: 20-30-47, Account No: 73864758)

  • Cheque (Made payable to Oakwater Laboratories)

  • Cash (At time of submission of sample)

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Processing times & results

It normally takes 3 days to process a sample for bacteriological tests and 1-2 weeks for chemical testing and to send our report to you. Please note this may take a little longer at very busy times.

You will receive a data sheet with the results of all tests. This is annotated if any values are higher than those prescribed by the Drinking Water Regulations. An accompanying letter will explain the results in greater detail. If you are unclear about any results, we are happy to give further explanation by telephone.

If you have a specific problem with your water supply, we can guide you to the appropriate tests needed to investigate the problem.

Areas we Cover

Oakwater Laboratories are based near Exeter but can offer service throughout the UK.


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