Alberta Health Services Environmental Public Health (EPH) will only test water samples that:
You must get the sample:
You also need to fill out a requisition form and include it with the water sample.
EPH won’t test water samples for:
You need to send these types of water samples to a commercial lab and pay for the testing.
EPH will also not test water from town or city (municipal) water sources. Towns and cities (municipalities) test their water regularly for safety. You can see the newest reports on water test results for your town or city on the
Alberta Environment and Parks website. Contact your municipal office for any other drinking water test results.
Sample Your Water on the Alberta Health Services website. Under “Water Sample Bottle Pick up & Drop off Locations” you can find out:
The sample bottle comes with instructions for how to take a water sample.
Follow these instructions carefully. This will make sure you fill out the requisition form correctly and that your water sample is not contaminated (this is when other germs get into your water sample, which could change the test results).
To make sure your water sample does not get contaminated with other germs when you’re collecting the sample,
When testing for bacteria, the sample needs to be as fresh as possible. Collect the water sample, put it in a cooler filled with ice packs, and take it to the drop-off location
right away. This is important because if the water sample is more than 24 hours old, EPH will
not test it.
EPH will mail the results to the address you give on the requisition form. If the results show that your water might not be safe, a public health inspector will call you. Make sure the daytime phone number you put on the requisition form is the best number to reach you.
The requisition form asks for your well ID and well depth. There are a few ways to get this information:
If you think your drinking water is not safe:
Current as of: February 5, 2020
Author: Environmental Public Health, Alberta Health Services
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