Heterotrophic Plate Count


This test measures colony formation on culture media of heterotrophic bacteria in drinking water.

Can be used to measure the overall bacteriological quality of drinking water in public, semi-public and private water systems.

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$60.00

SKU: Analysis_30 Category: Tag:

What it Tests

This tests one sample of water for Heterotrophic Plate Count (HPC)

This test can be done on any kind of water (drinking water, salt water, wastewater, surface water, etc.)

Heterotrophic Plate Count (HPC): This test measures colony formation on culture media of heterotrophic bacteria in drinking water. Can be used to measure the overall bacteriological quality of drinking water in public, semi-public and private water systems. High levels of HPC bacteria in a distribution or plumbing system result from bacteria regrowth where bacteria that resisted treatment can grow. You can find our individual HPC test here.

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What you get

Upon purchase of this test, you will receive a CARO Kit:

Testing Containers – We fill your testing containers with the correct preservatives and store them at a specific temperature in our CARO Kit.

Sampling Guidelines – We’ll make sure you know the correct methods of sampling to ensure there aren’t any hiccups in the testing process.

Chain of Custody – This is a standard laboratory form that must be filled out and shipped back to us with the bottles. It’s used by our staff to make sure we do our job right!

The Report – We will send your report via email and you can access it online if you use our service called ClientConnect. Regulation maximum accepted concentrations are listed as well so you can compare your results.

Does not include sampling safety equipment as what is required depends on various circumstances. Please contact a local environmental consultant if you have questions or concerns about safely sampling. CARO provides testing services only, no sampling services.

How it Works

After you purchase a kit on our store,

We will ship the CARO Kit to you via express shipping. In the CARO Kit, you’ll receive the sampling containers, a sheet to show you how to sample, as well as a chain of custody form (COC). The COC form is a standard lab procedure to get the correct information from you.

Once you sample, it’s advised to get the samples back to us ASAP. You can do this by getting that CARO Kit to a post office or courier and send it back to one of our locations. Certain tests like Microbiology (found in most drinkability packages) have a sample holding time of only 24 hours, so it’s vital to get the containers in transit right away.

So we’ve received your samples, allow 5 – 7 business days for us to analyze them and produce the reports for you. We will email the report to you when it’s ready. Every result’s turnaround time (TAT) will be started on the delivery of filled bottles back to the laboratory.

Internal rushes are possible for non-micobiology tests. Either use the Turnaround Time add on, or make a custom inquiry via the contact us webpage or on the phone.

Does not include sampling safety equipment as what is required depends on various circumstances. Please contact a local environmental consultant if you have questions or concerns about safely sampling. CARO provides testing services only, no sampling services.

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