Robens Centre for Public and Environmental Health

Our commercial testing laboratory offers an independent service for microbiological analysis of water, predominantly for the buildings maintenance and water treatment industries.

About us

Established in 1991 as part of the Robens Institute, our laboratory gained UKAS accreditation to ISO 17025 in 2004 for a range of water quality parameters. The full scope of our laboratories accreditation can be viewed on the UKAS website.

Our laboratory is committed to providing accurate results in the shortest time possible. We participate in several external quality assurance schemes provided by Public Health England. Methods and operating procedures are all based on International or British Standards and are frequently updated to meet new legislative requirements where necessary.

We offer a range of accredited and non-accredited analyses for a customer base which includes:

  • Water treatment companies
  • Buildings maintenance companies
  • Education facilities
  • Recreational pools
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Care homes
  • Private residential clients. 

Analyses are carried out on a wide range of water types including:

  • Potabl
  • Recreational
  • Industrial
  • process
  • Endoscope water
  • Private supplies.

Accredited tests include:

  • Legionella spp
  • Total coliforms and E.coli
  • Ps aeruginosa and Pseudomonad spp
  • Total Viable Counts
  • Denitrifying bacteria.

Non-accredited tests performed include:

  • Sulphate reducing bacteria
  • Nitrite oxidising bacteria
  • Enterococci spp.

Water and environmental monitoring and management

We are able to respond to the growing need to safeguard the natural, rural and urban environments by identifying environmental problems and providing solutions by the application of objective science, research and training. The Centre has extensive expertise in scientific and management aspects of water and environmental monitoring and assessment. It plays an active role in the promotion of improved monitoring of resources in the UK and overseas. This has included assistance in the development of national capacity for resource management.

Providing expert advice

The RCPEH has considerable experience in the areas of surface water quality monitoring, recreational water quality monitoring, coastal management, and groundwater quality monitoring. We have provided expert advice to a number of agencies, including the World Health Organisation and other UN Agencies, and national governments on the setting of appropriate standards for drinking water, recreational water and effluent quality. The Centre is active in the Global Environmental Monitoring System for Water (GEMS/Water), with support from UNEP, UNESCO, WHO and WMO.

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For full details about the services provided by the laboratory and a price list, please contact the laboratory manager on +44(0)1483 689218, or by email at

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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Surrey