STATE COLLEGE - Penn State's Agricultural Analytical Services Laboratory has launched a pond water testing service. Free test kits are available at many cooperative extension offices. A fee is charged for lab testing done on water samples.
Two test packages are available - the basic pond/lake water package for $42 and the basic pond/lake water package plus bacteria for $70, which includes testing for E. coli bacteria.
Both packages include tests for pH level, total dissolved solids, nitrate-nitrogen, alkalinity, aluminum, iron, manganese, phosphorus, sulfate and hardness.