What's in Your Water?®  We can tell you.

To start testing, first set up an SPL account by contacting us or downloading the account application and faxing to 412-281-7445.

Free Sampling Kits

SPL provides free sampling kits, which include bottles, swabs, insulated bag, sampling instructions, and a Chain of Custody form that needs to be returned with your samples.  

Chain of Custody  

A Chain of Custody (COC) form is included in your sampling kit. If you need extra copies you can download COC here. 

Test codes, Methods, Turn Around Times

For a list of tests, test codes, testing methods, and estimated turn around times see Test Codes and Turn Around Times.  

General Shipping Information 

  • Send samples to Special Pathogens Laboratory, 1401 Forbes Ave., Suite 401, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, for receipt Monday through Friday only.
  • Samples are not processed on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Samples received in the afternoon may be processed the next working day.
  • Send samples overnight delivery (preferably Fed Ex).
  • Ship Monday through Thursday only to assure proper receipt. Ship samples within a watertight, insulated shipping container. Include cold packs if not sending by overnight express. NO WET ICE.
  • Some tests require different shipping instructions. See specific test pages.


Your results will be emailed to you in PDF format.  See sample report.