Water Testing

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You can’t tell whether well water is safe to drink by looking at it, smelling it or tasting it. You need to have it tested.

Nova Scotia Environment recommends that Nova Scotians on well water have it tested for bacteria every six months, and every two years for chemical parameters.

*Effective Friday, Nov. 27,  the QEII Environmental Services Laboratory will not be accepting water samples for bacteria or chemical analysis for at least a two-week period. Municipal, registered and private water supply owners are advised to send samples to an alternate accredited water testing facility. A list of alternate testing facilities may be found at : https://novascotia.ca/nse/water/waterlabs.asp

More about this service

Location, hours and contact information

To find the water testing location closest to you view our map

Available tests and associated fees

Bacterial Analysis

Total Coliform & E.coli (P/A = Presence/Absence)
$ 30.00
*Note that the requisition form in the Halifax area and West Hants combine the price of package #2 and bacterial analysis for a total of $81.39

Total Coliform & E.coli (MPN = Most Probable Number)
$ 40.00

Chemical Analysis

Package #1        
Arsenic, Uranium                                                                    
$32.72

Package #2        
Arsenic, Uranium, Lead, Nitrate/Nitrite, Fluoride
$51.39
*Note that the requisition form in the Halifax area and West Hants combine the price of package #2 and bacterial analysis for a total of $81.39

Package #3        
Calcium, Magnesium, Aluminum, Boron, Barium, Beryllium, Cadmium, Cobalt, Chromium, Copper, Iron, Manganese, Hardness, Nickel, Lead, Antimony, Selenium, Tin, Vanadium, Zinc, Arsenic, Uranium, Titanium, Molybdenum, Strontium, Silver, Thallium, Sodium, Potassium, Nitrate/Nitrite, Fluoride
$104.93

Package #4        
All parameters in Package #3 plus Chloride, Sulfate         
$120.67

For more information on chemical analysis, please contact the Environmental Laboratory at  902-473-8466.

Documents and Forms

Registered and Municipal Water Clients

  • As of July 30, 2020 Registered and Municipal water samples for chemical analysis are now to be hand delivered or couriered directly to the Mackenzie Building Environmental Laboratory. Chemical samples from Registered or Municipal clients are no longer to be dropped off at any other NSH Facility as per directive from Nova Scotia Environment.
  • Samples for chemical analysis can be dropped off at the Mackenzie Building between 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday –Thursday and between 8:00 am – 3:00 pm on Fridays. The laboratory is closed on weekends and holidays.

Mandatory Registered and Municipal water testing requisition form (.pdf)