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Learn how to submit pond water samples to be tested for total alkalinity and total hardness.

Illustration of 6 simple steps for submitting pond water samples

Illustration of 6 simple steps for submitting pond water samples.

1. Use a 16.9- to 20-ounce plastic bottle with a screw-on lid. No glass.

2. Rinse the bottle well.

3. Submerge the clean plastic bottle in your pond, and allow all the air to bubble out.

4. Replace the cap. Tip: Fill the sample bottle fully and minimize the amount of dirt and plant matter in the sample. Never submit a weed sample in a water sample.

5. Label the sample with your name and phone number, including area code.

6. Package the sample in an appropriate container, such as a box or mail pouch, and mail to your county Extension office.

To be completed by the county Extension office. Samples can be mailed to:

  • Name/Office:
  • Address:
  • City:
  • State:
  • Zip Code:


Russell Wright, Extension Specialist Associate Professor, School of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences, Auburn University

Reviewed July 2018, How to Submit Pond Water Samples, ANR-1427-A

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