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Water Quality

Free Water Quality Testing

Why test?
We are offering free agricultural water quality testing to those farms who are interested in starting a water quality profile. This allows you to monitor the quality of the water you are using both in the field and during post-harvest activities.

What is offered?
Water quality tests are performed twice over the growing season and include surface water and ground water sources. We test for generic E. Coli as a means to represent the microbial quality of water sources. Staff are available to demonstrate sampling procedures and offer guidance so growers can perform water tests in the future.

Samples are processed at the RI Department of Health Laboratory, results are sent to you once lab analysis is complete.

What if my well test comes back high for generic E. coli?
Visit URI's page for Safe Well Water Tip Sheets to find recommended well water treatment options.

Where can I test my water?

Farms covered under FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule are required to test their agricultural water and send the samples to a certified laboratory that utilizes testing methods approved by FDA. Since these samples are time-sensitive, NECAFS has provided a Northeast regional map for farmers to find the closest laboratory to their location. To learn more, or to request free testing be done on your farm’s water sources, please contact one of our Produce Safety Team members.

To find RI DOH laboratories, as well as some of the services they offer, visit the Certified Analytical Laboratories webpage.

For information on drinking water quality, please visit the Center for Drinking Water Quality website.


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Funding for this publication was made possible, in part, by the Food and Drug Administration through grant PAR-16-137. The views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does any mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organization imply endorsement by the United States Government.

Contact Produce Safety
Ananda Fraser, Produce Safety Program Coordinator
RI Department of Environmental Management
Division of Agriculture
235 Promenade Street
Providence, RI 02908-5767
Phone: (401) 222-2781 ext. 72411
Abigail Phillips, Programming Service Officer
RI Department of Environmental Management
Division of Agriculture
235 Promenade Street
Providence, RI 02908-5767
Phone: (401) 222-2781 ext. 74501
Christopher Rueckel, Agriculture Marketing Specialist
RI Department of Environmental Management
Division of Agriculture
235 Promenade Street
Providence, RI 02908-5767
Phone: (401) 222-2781 ext. 74510