Community Water Supply Testing Program

Fiscal Year 2019

The Illinois EPA is offering drinking water testing services for your water supply as part of our Community Water Supply Testing Program (CWSTP) for Fiscal Year 2019 (July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.) We want your business!  We are your State Laboratory and would like the privilege to perform your required drinking water testing.

The Illinois EPA lab is committed to providing our customers 3C satisfaction

  • Cost - our lab fees are set to cover our costs and not generate any profit, offering you maximum savings.
  • Convenience - We are committed to making the drinking water testing process as simple as possible
  • Customer Service - We are dedicated to ensuring that all of our customers are fully satisfied with their quality sample results.

Illinois Community Water Supply (CWS) Packets include:

  • Chemical Analyses Price list
  • Coliform Analyses Price list
  • Customized Analysis Summary and Rate Schedule
  • CWSTP Election Form and Billing Notice

Illinois EPA asks that you complete and submit the Participation Form by

May 15, 2018

This will inform the Agency of your decision to participate in this program. If you elect to participate,
payment MUST be included with the Participation Form. Please make your check payable to Illinois EPA.

Mail your completed Participation Form along with your Payment by May 15, 2018 to:

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency - Lab
825 North Rutledge, 4th Floor
Springfield, IL 62702

Signup Options Available

Check full participation to have 100% of your testing provided by the Illinois EPA using our 3C Customer Satisfaction approach. If our laboratory does not perform the actual analysis, we will coordinate and pay for testing provided by other labs. This means Illinois EPA staff will deal directly with the laboratories and take care of any testing, bottle, or data reporting needs for you.  

When choosing a coliform lab, be sure you keep the distance to the lab and sample holding time in mind.

By choosing this option, you only need to commit to the chemical analyses performed by our laboratory and will still receive our 3C Customer Satisfaction approach. You can choose to opt in or opt out of the program for your Coliform, Cryptosporidium or Radionuclide testing. Your fee will be based only on the analyses that you choose to have done as part of the CWSTP.

If you choose the partial participation option, you will pay the Coliform, Cryptosporidium or Radionuclide labs directly. They will need to supply you with the necessary bottles and shipping containers as well as handle the data reporting. If you decide to opt out for any of the testing referred to in this section, please make sure that the lab you choose is certified.

By choosing this option you agree not to participate in the program but your supply must still complete all testing requirements and report the results to the Illinois EPA. We ask that you still return the Participation Form and indicate that you choose not to participate.

For the sampling period, starting July 1, 2018, please submit the Participation Form along with any payment as soon as possible (by May 15, 2018) to avoid possible disruptions in sample bottle receipt leading to potential violations.

Electronic Results

Electronic results can be sent to you. If you participate in the program, you have the option of having your results sent to any e-mail address. You can simply choose this option on the Participation Form and send an e-mail with your facility ID# to Isabelle Gac at isabelle.gac@illinois.gov. Coliform, Cryptosporidium and Radionuclide results are provided by mail.

CWSTP Benefits

Your annual fee is determined by the drinking water testing required for your supply and the signup options you select. The fee covers the costs of your drinking water analyses for the entire year (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019).

If you choose to have the Illinois EPA laboratory provide the testing for Cryptosporidium or Radionuclide, a contracted lab will be utilized, but the Agency will only charge the amount that the other laboratory charges. The Illinois EPA laboratory does not add a processing fee and we oversee all data reporting and manage any bottle issues for you.

New Options - Volunteer Testing for Harmful Algal Blooms

The U.S. EPA has issued health advisories for Microcystin and Cylindrospermopsin. The Illinois EPA laboratory has been performing these tests for the past two years and stands ready to help you test both your intake and finished water for these cyanotoxins.

Choose the Illinois EPA Laboratory

The Illinois EPA takes great pride in meeting your needs. We have a very experienced staff and employ a full-time Quality Assurance Officer. Data quality is our top priority and our laboratory is certified by NELAP, U.S. EPA and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

We look forward to working with you this year. If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact one of the Illinois EPA laboratory staff listed below: 

Laboratory Contacts:

Tom Weiss, Lab Manager217-557-2420
Kelly Turpin, Quality Assurance Officer  217-524-6387
Isabelle Gac, Office Coordinator217-782-9780

Coming Next Year to the CWSTP Program

The Illinois EPA is pleased to announce that starting next year (FY20), we will be transitioning to electronic sign-up for the Community Water Supply Testing program (CWSTP).

An e-mail will be sent to you that will provide a link to your customized schedule and invoice for FY20. 

It is very important that we have a complete and accurate list of contact information. Please review your contact information. If there are any changes, please complete the Notification of Ownership form.  After completing the form, please send it to:

Illinois EPA - BOW #19
1021 North Grand Avenue East
P.O. Box 19276
Springfield, IL  92794-9276