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Well Water Sampling

Homeowners can pick up and drop off bacterial water sample bottles at several locations throughout our Health Unit area. If you are sampling as a Small Drinking Water System you must use the services of a private licensed lab. Sampling for chemicals and minerals in your water can only be tested through a private licensed lab (listed below).

Where to Pickup Bottles for Private Drinking Water Testing

Sample bottles are provided free of charge to homeowners with private wells at any of our Health Unit offices located in Smiths Falls, Brockville, Kemptville and Gananoque. Sample bottles are also available at the Leeds and the Thousand Islands Public Library Lansdowne Branch and the following municipal offices: Athens, Beckwith, Drummond/North Elmsley, Edwardsburg/Cardinal, Elizabethtown/Kitley, Lanark Highlands, Leeds and the 1000 Islands, Merrickville-Wolford, Mississippi Mills, Montague, Perth, Rideau Lakes and Tay Valley, Westport.

Water Bottle Pick-Up and Drop-Off Sites

Empty water bottles are available at all locations during regular business hours.

*Results will be mailed, however, if you have chosen to pick up your results, they will be at one of the following laboratories according to where you dropped your water bottle off:

  • (O): Ottawa Public Health Laboratory
  • (K): Kingston Public Health Laboratory

Mississippi Mills Township Office
3131 Old Perth Road, Mississippi Mills, Ontario
Monday–Thursday
8:30am–4:30pm
Laboratory: Ottawa Public Health Laboratory

Health Unit Office
458 Laurier Boulevard, Brockville, Ontario
Monday–Thursday
8:30am–4:30pm (closed 12:00pm–1:00pm)
Laboratory: Kingston Public Health Laboratory

Health Unit Site
375 William Street South, Gananoque, Ontario Suite 200
Monday–Thursday
8:00am–4:00pm (closed 12:00pm–1:00pm)
Laboratory: Kingston Public Health Laboratory

Health Unit Site
2675 Concession Road, Kemptville, Ontario
Tuesdays and Wednesdays
9:00am–4:00pm (closed 12:00pm–1:00pm)
Laboratory: Ottawa Public Health Laboratory

Township Office – Lanark Village
75 George Street, Lanark, Ontario
Water Bottle Drop Off – First Tuesday of every month
8:30am–4:30pm
Laboratory: Ottawa Public Health Laboratory

The Office
11 Wilson Street East, Perth, Ontario
Monday–Thursday
9:00am–5:00pm
Laboratory: Ottawa Public Health Laboratory

Country Roads Community Health Centre
4319 Cove Road at Highway 15, Portland, Ontario
Monday – 8:00am–5:00pm
Tuesday – 8:00am–7:00pm
Wednesday – 8:00am–5:00pm
Thursday – 8:00am–7:00pm
Laboratory: Kingston Public Health Laboratory

Health Unit Office
25 Johnston Street, Smiths Falls, Ontario
Monday–Thursday
8:30am–4:30pm (closed 12:00pm–1:00pm)
Laboratory: Ottawa Public Health Laboratory

How to Take a Water Sample

Follow these steps to properly sample your water:

  1. Samples must be collected in a health unit or private lab water sampling bottle. The bottles may contain a preservative, do not rinse the bottle before collecting the water sample.
  2. Take the sample from a tap that you would normally use for drinking water in your home or small drinking water system. Remove all filters or aerators from the faucet. Carefully clean the end of the tap with a clean cloth and some bleach or an alcohol swab. Let the cold water run for at least three (3) minutes prior to taking your sample.
  3. Avoid contaminating the sampling bottle or lid, have clean hands and keep the lid in your hand, and avoid touching the inside of the cap.
  4. Be sure to fill out the attached paper work completely. Private homeowners can get quick results by calling 1-877-723-3426 and using the bar code provided within the home water testing kit.
  5. Once the sample is taken, keep it cold but not frozen until you can get the sample to the sample drop-off location.

Please do not rely on the results from a single sample. A series of three samples taken one to two weeks apart will help determine the safety of your water over time.

Licensed Labs

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change is responsible for licensing laboratories to perform drinking water testing. Private home owners can sample their drinking water for chemicals and minerals through a private lab. The Public Health Lab only samples private well water for bacteria. A Small Drinking Water System sampling their water for bacteria must register with and sample through a private lab.

List of Local Private Labs

Eurofins Environment Testing Inc.
608 Norris Court,
Kingston, Ontario K7P 2R9
Jason Kennedy
Phone: 613-634-9307
Fax: 613-634-9308
Email: Jason.kennedy@exova.com
Outside Clients: Yes
Valid License Classes: Mico-biological, Physical/Other

Caduceon Environmental Laboratories – Kingston
285 Dalton Avenue,
Kingston, Ontario K7M 6Z1
Michelle Dubien
Phone: 613-544-2001
Fax: 613-544-2770
Email: mdubien@caduceonlabs.com
Outside Clients: Yes
Valid License Classes: Mico-biological, Organic Chemical, Physical/Other, Inorganic-Chemical

SGS Environmental Services – Lakefield
185 Concession Street,
Lakefield, Ontario K0L 2H0
Joanne Williams
Phone: 705-652-2000 or 1-877-747-7658
Email: joanne.williams@sgs.com
Outside Clients: Yes
Valid License Classes: Mico-biological, Organic Chemical, Physical/Other, Inorganic-Chemical

Eurofins Environment Testing Inc.
146 Colonnade Road, Unit 8,
Ottawa, Ontario K2E 7Y1
Krista Quantrill
Phone: 613-727-5692
Fax: 613-727-5222
Email: krista.quantrill@exova.ca
Outside Clients: Yes
Valid License Classes: Mico-biological, Organic Chemical, Physical/Other, Inorganic-Chemical

Caduceon Environmental Laboratories – Ottawa East
2378 Holly Lane,
Ottawa, Ontario K1V 7P1
Greg Clarkin
Phone: 613-526-0123
Fax: 613-526-1244
Email: gclarkin@caduceonlabs.com
Outside Clients: Yes
Valid License Classes: Mico-biological, Organic Chemical, Physical/Other, Inorganic-Chemical

Paracel Laboratories Ltd.
300-2319 St. Laurent Boulevard,
Ottawa, Ontario K1G 4J8
Phone: 613-731-577 or 1-800-749-1947
Email: paracel@paracellabs.com
Outside Clients: Yes
Valid License Classes: Mico-biological, Organic Chemical, Physical/Other, Inorganic-Chemical

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