Environmental Health

HCS Laboratory

Environmental Health has updated daily hours. Open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Closed 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.)

The Kalamazoo County HCS Laboratory provides testing services for HCS programs including drinking water, well water, surface water (beaches, rivers, lakes, etc.) testing and clinical testing for HCS clinics.

The laboratory also provides testing services for private well owners and businesses who have their own wells (Type I, Type II etc.) including tests for Nitrate, Coliform bacteria and E. coli.


The KCHCS Laboratory is certified by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy for water testing and by CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) for all clinical testing. Click on the following links to view our certificates: CLIA - high complexity testing; EGLE - water testing

Water Testing Services

The KCHCS Laboratory tests samples for Nitrate, Coliform Bacteria and E. coli from wells owned by private homeowners and from some businesses which have their own wells (Type I, Type II, etc.).

Testing supplies (bottles, requisition forms, etc.) are available at the KCHCS Laboratory and at some township offices including: Cooper, Texas, Schoolcraft, Oshtemo, Alamo, Kalamazoo, Comstock, Charleston, Pavilion, Climax, Brady.

Test requisition forms, including collection and payment instructions can also be downloaded via the link above.

Water Testing Fees

Drinking Water Bacteria (Total coliforms/E. coli)   $20.00*
Swimming Pool Water Bacteria (Total coliforms/E. coli) $20.00*
Nitrate (Drinking Water)  $20.00*

*Fees are subject to change

Other Links:

Kalamazoo County Environmental Health Safe Drinking Water

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Bureau of Laboratories


Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE)


Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL)

Contact Us

311 E. Alcott St
Kalamazoo, MI 49001

269-373-5200 (HCS Main Line)
269-373-5360 (Program Line)
269-373-5216 (Fax)


Monday - Friday (except holidays)
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Water samples accepted
Monday - Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.



Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services is committed to providing equitable, culturally competent care to all individuals served, regardless of race, age, sex, color, national origin, religion, height, weight, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. 

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