The Coffs Harbour Laboratory is a NATA accredited market leader in providing chemical and microbiological analysis of drinking water, effluents, bore water, tank water, pools and environmental waters.  We monitor a wide range of water, soil, food and leachate samples providing high quality analytical results to local councils, government departments, oyster growers, developers, business and private clients.

The Coffs Harbour Laboratory conducts a range of different services including:

  • Environmental pollution analysis
  • Water quality and algal identification in bores, tanks, springs, rivers, creeks and reservoirs
  • Commercial and private swimming pool water analysis
  • Soil samples from agriculture, building sites, contaminated sites and domestic gardens
  • Acid sulphate soil (POCAS)
  • Surveys of storm water and river ways
  • Oyster Lease Monitoring (Biotoxin and E.coli)
  • Effluent monitoring and sewage process control
  • Pesticide residue detection in food, soil and water
  • Trade waste sampling and testing

Our Tests



Whether it is for irrigation, drinking water or swimming pools, it is important to regularly test the water quality for its intended purpose.


Waste Water

The Coffs Harbour Laboratory regularly tests and monitors the quality of waste waters, biosolids, reclaimed water and the impact of waste discharges for the Coffs Harbour City Council, surrounding councils and private clients.



The NSW Food Authority is a government agency that works to ensure food sold in the State is safe and correctly labelled and that consumers are able to make informed choices about the food they eat.



A soil sample test indicates nutrient deficiencies, potential toxicities from pesticides and levels of trace minerals.

Recent News

How to Assess Former Banana Plantations for Redevelopment?

Modern farming techniques have left residues in the soil from a variety of pesticides and chemicals. These chemicals threaten public health increasingly as urban growth overtakes former agricultural lands.  Today there are thousands of hectares of land that have been adversely affected by agricultural practices. Take, for example, the potentially hazardous pesticide residues found in… Read more »

How often should you test your pool water?

To maintain a healthy pool, regular water testing is important.  The frequency for testing your pool water depends on how often your pool is being used along with the weather conditions. As a pool owner, you should be testing for: Chlorine – Chlorine or ‘free chlorine’ is the most popular form of pool water disinfection and should be checked between… Read more »

Is your Rainwater Tank Safe?

A properly maintained rainwater tank can provide good quality drinking water. Providing the rainwater is clear, has little taste or smell and is from a well maintained water catchment system it is probably safe and unlikely to cause any illness for most users.   However, this is not a guarantee of safety as contamination is… Read more »


NATA Accredited

The Coffs Harbour Laboratory is a NATA accredited market leader in providing chemical and microbiological analysis.Read More »