Public Health

The mission of the Butte County Public Health Department (BCPHD) is to protect the public through promoting individual, community, and environmental health. 

Public Health Water Sampling

Water tests should be conducted regularly to help you become aware of a potential problem early so you can take steps to address and resolve it. Testing your water is important because harmful bacteria or chemicals that you cannot see, smell or taste could be present.

Water Testing Guidelines:

  1. Bacteriological tests should be conducted at least twice a year
  2. Volatile Organic Compounds and Pesticides tests should be conducted at least once every three to five year
  3. Nitrates and Metals tests should be conducted at least once every five years

Water quality tests should be conducted by a professional, State certified laboratory. You may obtain laboratory information by calling the Butte County Environmental Health Office at 530-538-7281. 


Sampling Information

Residential Well Sampling Procedure

What You Need to Know About Water Quality in Your Well

Well Disinfection & Sampling Information

Butte County Lab Water Well Collection Procedure

Lab Request Form

Laboratory Contact Information

Butte County Laboratory
695 Oleander Avenue, Chico

Fruit Grower's Laboratory (FGL)
563 E Lindo Ave, Chico

Basic Laboratory
3860 Morrow Ln, Chico

Forms  E-TRAKIT  Food Inspection Reports

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Butte County Environmental Health
Phone: 530.552.3880
TTY: 530.538.6588
Fax: 530.538.5339

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Butte County Environmental Health
202 Mira Loma Drive
Oroville, CA 95965

Office Hours
Monday to Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Except Holidays

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Public Health Department

202 Mira Loma Drive
Oroville, CA 95965

Report a Health Emergency
24-Hour Line: 530.552.4000

Danette York, M.P.H, Director
Robert Bernstein, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., Health Officer
Public Health Leadership Team