water testing

Water/Sewage Surveys for Real Property Transfers

The Environmental Health Division routinely conducts inspections of private water supplies and sewage disposal systems for real property transfers.  These surveys are mandatory for all transfers of real property with onsite water supplies or sewage disposal systems.  There are certain exemptions (see the link to Part 17 of the Sanitary Code of the Cattaraugus County Health District below).

Exemptions Include: Read more

Cattaraugus County Laboratory Services

The Cattaraugus County Laboratory operates in accordance with Health Department's Mission Statement:

“The Cattaraugus County Health Department strives to engage and empower the public of all ages to live healthier lifestyles through efforts of education, prevention, promotion, monitoring, accessibility, affordability, technology, testing, diagnosing, and treating.”

When your physician orders laboratory testing, think of the Cattaraugus County Laboratory.  With your Doctor’s orders, we can perform many lab tests.
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Private Water Supplies

Water supplies not meeting the definition of a "Public Water Supply" are typically referred to as private water supplies.  The NYS Department of Health has established standards for well construction and guidelines for proper siting and water quality testing.  Educational information and recommendations are provided on request. Read more

Public Water Systems

A “Public Water System” is a water system meeting certain definitions found in Federal and State drinking water regulations.  These systems are monitored and inspected by the Environmental Health Division for compliance with strict treatment, reporting, and water quality standards.  Read more

Water Testing Services Information

The documents below contain information regarding water testing services available to residents of Cattaraugus County and educational information on how to interpret your results.

The "CCHD Certified Water Testing Services Price Sheet" contains a list of all potable water testing services available through the Cattaraugus County Health Department Laboratory.

The "Coliform Bacteria Brochure" contains information regarding bacteriological testing (the standard test for potability).  This brochure aims to help interpret the results of your water sample. Read more

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