Water Microbiology Laboratory

Collecting and submitting water samples

View advice about collecting and submitting samples:

To submit a sample complete and return a sample submission form:

Contact the laboratories by phone or email before you plan to submit a sample.

Range of testing and services

The water microbiology laboratories provide a testing service for numerous water types including, potable water, waste water, recreational water, bottled water, food processing water and dialysis water. They provide advice and assistance with water quality monitoring, water sample collection, water sample transport logistics, and the rectification of water quality problems including disinfection of potable water. The laboratories also function as a referral service for water quality issues, directing enquiries to the appropriate government or private agency.

Services and fees

Work is performed on a fee-for-service basis and is available to government, corporate and private clients.

View a list of services and fees (960.9 kb). Prices are subject to change and administration fees for handling and transport of samples may apply.

You need to pay in advance unless you have a current credit arrangement with DPIR.

Water samples for bacteriological testing - prepayment form (46.1 kb)


The Darwin and Alice Springs water microbiology laboratories are accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities, accreditation numbers 15606 and 15489.

Last updated: 27 March 2018