Water Microbiology Laboratory

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Water Microbiology Laboratory is NATA (National Association of Testing Authorities) accredited under ISO/IEC 17025. Regular audits by NATA ensure that the Laboratory meets all requirements, from our Quality System to our Testing Methods, under this International Standard.

The laboratory accepts water samples for the tests listed in the table below. Restrictions on testing water samples, based on Australian Standards for Water testing AS/NZS 2031-2012, apply.

Water samples should be submitted using the correct submission form and suitable sample bottles. Please contact the laboratory prior to sampling for a supply of collection kits (e.g. sterile bottles with bacterial preservative and collection guidelines).

The client is responsible for sample collection and submission (including any freight costs) of samples to laboratory.

  Water Microbiology Advice Note   (100Kb)

  AHL LabFact Water Sampling Guidelines   (202Kb)

  Water Microbiology Laboratory Fee Schedule   (102Kb)

Microsoft Word Version

  Water Microbiology Advice form   (61Kb)​

Please note - Chemical testing of water is not undertaken by the Water Microbiology Laboratory.

Test selection

Minimum Sample requirement


Potable (suitable for drinking)Collected as per laboratory guidelines. ​ ​ ​Samples should be collected into sterile containers, placed on ice and delivered to the laboratory within 4 hours of collection to ensure testing within guidelines. ​ ​ ​
Environmental water and effluents
Swimming pools and spa baths
Recreational water, including beach
SalmonellaContact Laboratory to discuss
LegionellaContact Laboratory to discuss



Water Microbiology Laboratory
Mt Pleasant Laboratory
165 Westbury Road
PO Box 46
Phone: 03 6777 2097
Email: specimenreception@dpipwe.tas.gov.au